Episode 8: Minako – Sailor V
Last time I was perplexed about why Sailor Venus has a crescent on her forehead and a crescent weapon, and I am still perplexed – because she claims to be Princess Serenity!
We all know that’s not true at all. Old fans know differently, of course, but even someone watching this series for the first time will have figured out that Usagi is Princess Serenity from her flashbacks.
So I figure that impersonating Princess Serenity is Sailor Venus’s plan to keep Usagi safe. However, I would think it would be impossible to fake her transformation, in which the crescent appears on her forehead – but that’s what happens.
Sailor Venus and Artemis sealed Luna’s memories, which explains why Luna doesn’t know the things I expected her to know. It’s strongly implied that Minako remembers her past life in the Moon Kingdom when she starts to talk to Kunzite about his “true self”; he seems surprised – whether that’s because he does or does not remember his past life is yet to be seen.
In her conversation with Artemis, it’s clear Venus is putting a lot of pressure on herself. She has the most experience being a magical girl than the others – she’s their role model – so she’s taken this mantle of leadership onto herself to protect Usagi and save the world. That’s a lot for a fourteen-year-old to deal with.
But all of the Scouts assure her that she doesn’t have to do this alone – they’re a team, and they will take on the bad guys together. It’s simultaneously cheesy and touching, since lots of girls feel like they have to face challenges alone and can’t reach out to their friends for help.
Now, onto what is surely the most talked-about moment in the episode: a kiss in which both parties are awake! I was shocked.
It was actually a great moment. At the beginning of the episode, Tuxedo Kamen seemed to have developed a “I can’t protect Sailor Moon” complex. I knew this was going to come up again, and I was right – he blocks an attack by jumping in front of Sailor Moon, who was actually jumping in front of the other Senshi herself.
But before all these heroic/foolish deer-in-headlights sacrifices, Sailor Moon kisses Tuxedo Kamen! She tells him – orders him, really – to get to safety while the Scouts fight Kunzite, and then kisses him. Then she leaps away to battle while Tuxedo Kamen marvels that he sees a different side of her each time they meet.
Now, I prefer that when two people kiss, they both know it’s coming, but since all previous kisses between these two had been Tuxedo Kamen kissing her while she was unconscious, I’ll take what I can get.
In other news, the night sky above Tokyo during the blackout is gorgeous.
I’m looking forward to
- Tuxedo Kamen getting over this “I must protect her” complex
- Seeing how this reboot handles Kunzite and Zoisite’s relationship – I’ve been informed that they didn’t have a romantic relationship in the manga, only the 1990s anime
- Usagi discovering her true identity