Sailor Moon Vol. #07: Fight to the Finish (of 14) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, August 17, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 03, 2002
What They Say
You think you have problems? Things are bad enough for Sailor Moon when the
evil Queen Beryl tries to recapture the Rainbow Crystals, but the forces of
the Negaverse finally manage to break into our universe! Now, the Sailor
Scouts have to face off against both Beryl and her "doom and gloom" girls!
And if that's not bad enough, there are newer and even tougher villains just
waiting to take over from Beryl!
The series rushes forward with plot, plot and more plot to bring things to a conclusion for the first season of the show.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in the only language available, English. Though done back in 1995, the disc has a rather good pro-logic mix to it, with the music being the main beneficiary of it and sending a lot of sounds to the rear speakers. There’s some minor directionality with sound effects and dialogue across the forward soundstage, but the track overall sounds decent with no noticeable dropouts or distortions.
The transfer for this release is somewhat better than some of the earlier, but that’s not really saying all that much. The main difference is that we saw less of the ghosting and mid-range blockiness than we did in those volumes. There’s still the usual amount of grain and a low level of cross coloration running through. But again, the show doesn’t have much in the way of a lot of vibrant colors and the backgrounds are done in a fairly minimalist way at times.
The front cover is a nice bright and fairly weak looking piece, mainly of the Queen, who looks like she was drawn by a fanartist for a newspaper. Serena looks much better and like she usually does. The back cover provides a few small screenshots of animation and a brief summary of the shows episodes as well as listing the titles of the six episodes. The insert provides another shot of the front cover while the reverse side lists the previews and the episode titles.
The menus are pretty decent and definitely shiny. With nothing on the disc outside of the extras, episode selection is the main menu. Unfortunately, there’s no episode numbering here either so unless you start with the first episode and let it play through, it can be very difficult to tell where to start and where to pick up again if you leave off somewhere.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In one sense, the remaining episodes of the first season of Sailor Moon play out much like any other show. The big villain is the main opponent and everyone has to come together to try and deal with it. There’s problems along the way, such as the recurring theme of Serena not being up to the task and the other scouts trying to take the lead, but with the shows main focus being about young women and their getting along with each other, you know how it plays out.
The main thrust that brings things to a head here is that Beryl’s had quite enough of things, and has sent Prince Darien to recapture all of the Rainbow Crystal people they’ve found so far, so that she can move forward in her plans to do evil. This provides some more encounters on Earth as Darien and the Scouts come across each other, as well as some snagging of the Rainbow folks, providing some entertainment. Things eventually move forward in a way that the final battle is undertaken though, and all the Scouts are in place.
The big theme for the finale is self-sacrifice for others, or for the more cynical, accepting your destiny/fate. Each of the scouts take on various nasties that Beryl sends against them, with each Scout taking on a group of them, letting the rest move forward. There’s some tricks along the way, but it all comes down to a final battle. What helps this be less than a continual fight scene is the inclusion of flashbacks to the far past, where we see Beryl’s original attack on the Moon and the way the humans there were treated as the bad stuff happened.
One of the neat things I think that was done, when all was said and finished, was that they “rebooted” the storyline. Everyone moved back to where they were before they met, each not knowing each other for the next season. With the Negaverse sending in a new set of villains, and the new home base being the Doom Tree, things start fresh. On the downside, it means we start going through the same kinds of filler again.
The first season of Sailor Moon was a fair bit of fun after it finally got underway and past all the introductions. The second season doesn’t play up the introductions as hard and everyone starts coming together sooner, so it’s less of a problem there. And with Luna and Artemis knowing what happened previously, it adds the potential for some fun.
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: C
Packaging Rating: D+
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 150
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sailor Moon