The beginning of this episode would probably be a bit more suspenseful if not for the preview at the end of the previous episode. If nothing else, though, there is still the opportunity to see how the events play out to get us to that point. Sadly, for en episode with “final battle” in its title, there seems to be very little “battling” outside of the Senshi’s feeble attempts to combat the now over-powered Metalia. Granted, Sailor Moon has never contained extended battle sequences, but if there was ever a time for an exception this would be it. Alas, this is not the case.
That’s not to say that the episode is boring, because it’s not. At least, I didn’t find myself looking at the clock, wondering when it would be over. I just don’t find it to be particularly exciting. I suppose it also doesn’t help that there’s little tension in the way of “will they survive”, and more of simply wondering how the characters will get out of this situation. I don’t have much else to say about this episode. I suppose it doesn’t help that I waited so long to write it after viewing it, but even then my thoughts are pretty well summed up in what I have written here. I am still enjoying Sailor Moon Crystal, if only on the basis of nostalgia factor. I just can’t help but look at what’s there and think about what else could be there.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NIV)
The most obvious lesson in this episode is the Sailor Senshi’s sacrificing of their own lives in an attempt to rescue Sailor Moon from her imprisonment within Queen Metalia. It is a great example of how we, as Christians, should be ready to lay down our lives for other people or the greater good. Maybe this takes the form of simply sacrificing a Saturday afternoon to help a friend, family member, or neighbor with some task. Perhaps it goes further, to sacrificing your yearly vacation for a mission’s trip. Or giving up your comfortably American life to live in a third world country in order to bring the Gospel. It could even mean dying while standing up for your faith in Jesus. Whatever form it takes, the message is still the same: we should be ready to lay down our lives. Granted, while writing this paragraph, I lost track of the fact that this verse specifically mentions laying down our lives for our friends (which is why it connects so well to the Senshi laying down their lives for their friend, Sailor Moon), but any time we lay down our lives for Jesus we are ultimately laying down our lives for our Friend.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Queen Serenity cleavage
Violence: A character is slashed with a sword, and another character impaled on the sword; the Senshi and Luna are struck by Metalia’s dark energy; a man attacks a person in the streets; another violent altercation seems to be shown
Other: There is a theme of reincarnation; Mercury refers to the Senshi’s guardian planets as “holy”