JW watches SM Crystal

Bad Romance

What follows is a comparison of story decisions made in the original anime in the Nephrite arc with those made by Crystal in part of its Dark Kingdom arc. It will be critical of Crystal. If that’s not something you’re interested in reading, I completely respect that. Please scroll past this post. The tag I use for any less than positive discussion of Crystal (of which there is little since I stopped watching the show, but I’ll still bring it up when I feel I have something to say such as now) is #jet wolf versus crystal. Feel free to add that tag to your filters to block my content along these lines.


It’s been a while since I watched this arc, and when I did, it was really quite cursory, especially as compared to the detail level that would wind up being my default. So it’s interesting to see it now, turning it over and examining it, with some other context behind me. Nearly all the rest of the series, for one. Crystal for another.

As I watch this unfold, I keep finding myself drawing parallels between Naru’s reaction to Nephrite and Crystal Usagi’s reaction to Evil Mamoru. As I’ve said, I’ve not yet read the manga, so I don’t know how it plays out in that version. More importantly, I don’t know if that storyline would’ve even started yet in the manga to have had impact on the Naru/Nephrite storyline in the anime. It’s a chicken and the egg situation, I don’t know which came first. But I do think it’s extremely likely that one influenced the other.

I haven’t rewatched Episode 24 of the original anime so I can’t say yet if I think it will ultimately give the cautionary tale payoff that I’m wanting. Still, even through to Episode 23, I can say that it’s not afraid to at least be critical of the situation it’s portraying, perhaps feeling more freedom to do so given that one half of the characters involved is without question a villain rather than a brainwashed hero. Whatever the underlying reason(s), I think it’s at least interesting to consider the parallels between the two and how the narrative frames what are, essentially, the same ideas to create two very different supported viewpoints.

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anonymous asked:

I understand why you did it, but I was always sad that you dropped Crystal. You had a unique perspective on the series because you knew the story and characters, but you hadn't read the manga. I haven't been able to find anyone else with your viewpoint who is as good at looking at SMC critically and talking about it. Would you consider liveblogging the rest of Crystal before you do the manga?

Well … I thought I’d say “no” flat up, but then “no” didn’t instantly come. So “I don’t know” is I guess the best I can say right now. It sounds like something we’ll want to talk about when the time comes. I’ll throw out the idea then – which will also give a larger scope as to what more, if anything, Crystal will cover – and we can decide before it’s manga time.

anonymous asked:

I do agree with anon about the last SMC episode. I have detested 97.5% of the content of Crystal so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. It was quite good and centered on a character other than Usagi. The girls actually have personalities in tune with Classic. Maybe my expectations were really low... (ok, that's not a "maybe"). Either way, a drunk blog would be a good one.

I’m very glad you enjoyed yourself, I truly am. But as I said, I decided to part ways with Crystal, and I’m very happy with that decision. I’m not looking to be persuaded about something I’ve already decided.

If the time comes and that door may be opening again where I’m considering giving Crystal another try, I promise I will let everyone know. That time is not now, nor in my immediate future.