The latest episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, while still giving enough screen time to all the guardians (especially Usagi), the true star was Minako Aino, better known as Sailor Venus, hence the title being devoted to her. Besides having some nifty powers at her disposal, she’s also the only guardian with her memories intact, so she’s probably one of the most knowledgeable guardians at this point.
It’s no secret among fans that Minako is one of the most fleshed out characters in the series, owing to the fact that she was the lead character in the Codename: Sailor V manga, which predated Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon and is generally compatible with it continuity-wise (Minako is the last Sailor Soldier to be discovered in the first story arc, but is actually the first to be awakened to her powers.)
In her latest iteration, Sailor Venus is generally the same character, except for one minor yet heavy difference: she’s still equal parts cute and equal parts butt-kicker, but this time the fact that she has more experience than the other Guardians shows in her being more world-weary and struggling with her duties as a guardian and her real life problems. It’s obvious that she’s still keeping a lot of secrets it’s obvious that her announcement regarding being the lost moon princess has a strategic purpose.
Lastly, the episode also did a good job in showing how Usagi has finally upped her game. She’s strong, determined, and confident now. No damsels in distress for this episode, just Guardians kicking Kunzoite’s butt the way they were meant to. Tuxedo Mask was also in the episode, I think. He probably went ahead did his job as a human shield again.
Visually, this week’s episode did a good job. The shots of Tokyo Tower at nighttime were particularly picturesque. This is complemented by an equally exceptional music, which managed to be dramatic without going overboard on the sap.
All in all, if the quality that Act 8 showed is maintained, we can expect the looming showdown between the Sailor Guardians and the Dark Kingdom to be a feast for the ears, the eyes, and maybe even the heart.