What a romantic episode! There was some development in the relationship between Mamoru and Usagi, as they felt the familiarity of each other and admitted that they were looking for each other at the Masquerade. Finally Tuxedo Kamen looks right at home in his own Tuxedo at a masked ball, and Usagi really stood out in her beautiful princess dress.
Out of all the episodes aired so far, if I recall correctly, Masquerade was probably the one that was the most different to the original dubbed episodes. There were some key parts that were important for the development of the Sailor Senshi, with Sailor Moon possessing a new tiara which yields yet another power, and the Senshi meeting all four of the Dark Kingdom villains.
The Sailor Senshi are even more kick ass than the original, with Sailor Mars blasting out fire without going through the whole power sequence, along with Sailor Moon’s tiara bursting the moonlight at the youma. It mixes things up – instead of sitting through lengthy transformation and power sequences every episode, it offers a bit of diversity.
I noticed a blatant lack of keeping the identity a secret this episode, whether it was because of the nature of the masquerade ball or because it is a weird plot device, it happened with both villains and the senshi. Several times, Luna would yell at Mamoru to “leave Usagi alone” even when she was in her disguise as Sailor Moon. Nephrite blatantly changed into himself from his disguise as a female in front of Ami and Rei.
I’m really loving the new Rei, in fact she may be my favourite character so far as she seems to be more endeared to Usagi this time round. She is also completely beautiful as Sailor Mars and really striking.
Also why is it that every time Usagi encounters Mamoru or Tuxedo Mask, that the other Senshi aren’t present to see their chemistry together? When he was kissing her while she was asleep, there was a brief romantic moment before Luna comes and ruins it lol.
Overall this episode was decent although I still loved the Rei episode even more, but SAILOR JUPITER will be here next time and I can’t wait!
What did you think of Usagi’s dress in this episode? Did you swoon during the moments with her and Mamoru?