I’m so excited that Sailor Moon Crystal is fast tracking all the meetings with the inner senshi, which means we get to meet the team quicker. The 2nd episode of Sailor Moon Crystal was where we met Ami aka. Sailor Mercury, and it successfully made us connect with Ami more than I ever did in the original series.
Ami was always the smart one and the brains behind the senshi, but there was something about her that never really made her stand out besides that. In Sailor Moon Crystal, we see other students gossiping about her and being intimidated by her perfect scores and her dedication to studying. She’s somewhat of a lone ranger, who much prefers to study rather than socialising, and no one really knows her on a personal level.
Until she meets Usagi, who warms her heart instantly and must I say – distracts her from her textbooks and exam papers. Ami really warmed up to Luna and Usagi really quickly, because she’s never had anyone approach her as a friend and it just showed how eager she was to make friends. As Usagi realises just how charming Ami really was, you can see a wonderful friendship blossoming between the two girls. Ami getting a glimpse of the crystal palace when she touches Usagi’s hand was a nice link to their fate as well.
Compared to the original episode where we discover Sailor Mercury, there was a big difference where the wands that they use to transform are actually like pens. They come out as prizes from the Sailor V game which was a nice touch. Ami’s transformation was actually really close to the original, with a few updated elements to the background. It was great seeing her transform and then use her power to aid in removing the demon, as you can see she really stands on her own.
There were some weird parts in the animation, where Ami strikes a really weird and awkward pose after her transformation and sometimes their facial expressions didn’t look quite right, but overall I found it to be just as beautiful as the first episode.
Tuxedo Kamen was ultra swoony in this episode, but I wonder why he has to walk around in that full tuxedo out in public you know? So over the top, but he’s awesome.
Overall, it was a wonderful episode that connected us to one of the most important sailor senshi and I can’t wait to meet the fiesty Sailor Mars in the next episode.
What are your thoughts on Sailor Mercury? Did you think she was different in this episode?