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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: N/A
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: MVM Entertainment
- MSRP: £15.99
- Running time: 135
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon Vol. #12
By Bryan Morton
October 21, 2005
Release Date: June 07, 2004
Sailor Moon Vol. #12
What They Say
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Poor Serena! From hanging out in bakery shops to falling in love, there are so many things for a young girl to do when she's not in school. Unfortunately, the evil Rubeus and Emerald are keeping Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts so busy that there's not much time left for a little fun on the side! Whether it's dealing with tainted Love Bracelets or combating evil viruses, the Sailor Scouts will have their hands full in the 12th volume of Sailor Moon on DVD.
67 - Rubeus Strikes Out
68 - The Secret of the Luna Sphere
69 - Emerald Cooks Up Trouble
70 - Promises Fulfilled
71 - No Thanks, Nurse Venus
72 - Dog Day for ArtemisThe Review!
With Rubeus out of the way, the girls' enemies resort to messing with poor Rini's head before reverting to the more usual form of attacks. Which monster shall we use this week?Audio:
As usual for Sailor Moon, audio is English-language only. Presented in 2.0 stereo, it's best described as adequate as only the songs and transitions make any real use of the soundstage - all dialog and effects are locked to the centre. That said, it's clear and without any noticeable distortion or encoding defects.Video:
Video is presented in its original 1.33:1 full-frame format, and barring some frame jitter and graininess that give away the age of the show, isn't in bad shape. Colours which come across quite well, although DiC's brightly-coloured CGI scene transitions feel a bit out-of-place. There are no obvious encoding problems. Packaging:
No packaging was provided with our review copy.Menu:
As usual, a very simple menu is used, with the episodes on the disc listed on the left, giving direct access to them, while the right features Serena in her Princess Serenity outfit with Rini perched on a crescent moon behind her, all set against a blue background.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
The first episode on this volume closes out the cliff-hanger from the end of volume 11, with Rubeus making one desperate last attempt to seize Rini and the Silver Crystal before Sailor Moon sees him off. His replacement, Emerald (who has a laugh that could strip paint from a wall) brings her own approach to the problems the Scouts are causing in the future - instead of trying to seize the various crystal points scattered around Tokyo, it's her plan to use points of "negative power" to channel the effects of the Negamoon Crystal - an artifact powerful enough to counter the power of the Silver Crystal - into the present. If all goes according to plan, it'll neatly do away with the need to capture Rini and the Silver Crystal.
Meanwhile, Emerald's boss, Diamond, has employed the use of the Grim Man to invade Rini's dreams, an attack that's causing the poor thing to be decidely ill. On hearing Rini's dream-driven ramblings, her Luna Sphere activates, carrying a transmission from the future - it's a Sailor Scout, Sailor Pluto, and she offers the girls a way into Rini's dreams, giving them a chance to defeat the Grim Man and allow Rini to get back to full health. Inside Rini's dreams, Serena and the others finally get to see what the future Crystal Tokyo looks like, but there's not time for sightseeing as the Scouts must defeat the Grim Man to bring Rini back from her dreamworld.
The first two episodes on this release are both quite enjoyable - Rubeus' defeat is a fairly typical against-all-odds battle where both sides have their moments of glory before the Scouts eventually gain the upper hand. Rubeus' final demise highlights one of the main problems the Negamoon clan seem to have, namely their eagerness to stab each other in the back. It's a not-very-subtle trait that's probably meant to highlight the way the Scouts work together, but it's also made for a few good twists in the story over the past few episodes.
The trip into Rini's dream and Sailor Pluto's "appearance" (if a transmission from the future counts) fills the gap between then end of the first half of this arc and the beginning of the second, and serves a useful purpose by giving us the first real look into the future and what the girls have been dragged into fighting for, and by providing the first evidence that the five Scouts we know of aren't the only ones.
From there, though, things slip back into the usual monster-of-the-week mode - Emerald may have her own approach and her own personality, but the results of her scheming are depressingly familiar. Sailor Moon's formula works fine when you're watching an episode at a time, but watch this disc in one sitting and you'll quickly find yourself with a sense of deja vu that's almost impossible to shake. No Thanks, Nurse Venus
provides a much-needed dose of comedy to break the routine a little - this is definitely one of the funnier Sailor Moon episodes - but for a good half of this disc it was a struggle to raise much enthusiasm.In Summary:
The volume is definitely a disc of two parts - the first two episodes move the story forward in some interesting ways, before slipping back to the usual Sailor Moon formula for the rest of the disc, and some good comedy moments aren't really enough to save it from becoming repetitive.
English 2.0 Language
Panasonic TX-W28R30P 28" widescreen TV; Pioneer DV-626D player; Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.