So Queen Serenity’s redesign is getting a lot of attention, but there have also been a few other animation tweaks that I’ve noticed! These are just a few.
I like some of the older animation better (like the very first cap, for example) but I still think they’re taking a step in the right direction, especially with Serenity!
My favorite caps of Mako-chan thus far <33
Pictured: Mako and Usagi being the biggest sweethearts in the entire world.
Oh, COME ON. I keep getting sidetracked by all of these fucking amazing Mako scenes! How am I ever going to finish the episode when it’s packed with Mako being the best?
Okay, so first of all, Mako’s reflexes are KILLER. She was just startled by Usagi sneaking up behind her and commenting on her cute bento, but, when the baseball started rocketing towards them, she had enough time to react and catch it before it nailed Usagi in the face (and can I just say how incredibly painful it is to be hit with a baseball, especially one that’s just been batted? Once I got hit in the leg and the marks from the baseball’s stitches stayed for like two days even when the skin bruised. I can’t imagine being hit in the face with one).
Then, when the guys apologize and ask for the baseball back, Mako angrily throws it as hard as she can (so hard it sails way past the baseball field) while yelling what seems to be her signature line (given the amount of times she’s already said it), “Be more careful!” She knows that it was an accident so she doesn’t confront them (if they had purposely thrown or hit the ball at Usagi, there would be hell to pay) but she’s still really pissed at their carelessness; they could have seriously injured someone.
BUT THEN, the real kicker is that she didn’t even know that it was Usagi. Mako didn’t have the time to process Usagi’s face before the ball incident so she’s surprised. That’s right; Mako didn’t protect Usagi because she was Usagi, she protected her because she was a person in trouble. From what we’ve seen, it seems like Mako has an almost instinctual need to protect those in danger. When she saved Usagi from being run over in street or when she caught the ball, they didn’t seem like totally conscious decisions; they seemed like reflexes. Someone’s in trouble, so Mako helps them. It’s that simple.
Of course, Sailor Jupiter is later known as “The Soldier of Courage/Caring/Protection,” and it really shows here. Crystal’s writing is truly excellent so far!
Mako’s first impression of Usagi: “HOLY SHIT THIS GIRL IS INCAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF HERSELF”
Some of my favorite shots of Rei Hino thus far :3
A Honey appreciation post ♥︎
Our few glimpses of the Goddess of Love thus far. I can’t wait till she’s formally introduced!!
The screencaps on the left are from episode 3 and the ones on the right are from the Moon Pride video. As you can see, the backgrounds are much more spectacular and Mars and Mercury themselves look like they’ve been touched up a bit. To me, they blend in better and look less CGI.
Once again, this is what we can look forward to when the DVD/BD releases come out!
Actual runway queen Rei Hino.
I love this SO MUCH
Usagi: Are you a junior high school student, too?
Mamoru: *aggressively shoves student ID in her face* NO, I’M TOTALLY IN HIGH SCHOOL, SEE LOOK, I HAVE THIS CARD!!! I’M NOT A STUPID JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT, GET ON MY LEVEL
The subtle dorkiness of Crystal!Mamoru continues to delight me. At least we know that he owns clothing other than a tuxedo now.