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  • Part of the time spent in this episode is devoted to Usagi and Ami spending time together as friends as the two had just met in the previous episode, and while Usagi is introducing Ami to one of her favorite things of all time, namely shopping, the two come across a newly opened clock store that is featuring a fantastic grand opening sale, which naturally attracts a very large crowd of people
  • This opened up the opportunity too for some interesting animation in the time dimension created by the monster's magic, with clocks that were folded over and in different shapes and a variety of colors that gave the feeling that such a dimension was vast and easy to get lost in
  • I only wish that more time would have been devoted to better utilizing the ideas possible in the dimension where time was under the control of the monster, as aside from Sailor Moon very briefly being exposed to a pocket of time which made her younger and later, Sailor Mercury being trapped in a pocket of time which stopped time for her, not a whole lot was done with the idea, unfortunately
  • I enjoyed watching Usagi and Ami spend time together, and seeing how their personalities differed, like when Usagi freaked out because all the books Ami wanted to buy didn't have any pictures and Ami was shocked all of Usagi's books consisted of mainly pictures alone


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      “Usagi’s Disaster: Beware of the Clock of Confusion” is the ninth episode of the Sailor Moon series and out of all the episodes in the first season, it’s easily one of my favorites thanks to the humor of the episode as well as the creativity put forth by the writers when devising the powers of the monster featured in this story. Part of the time spent in this episode is devoted to Usagi and Ami spending time together as friends as the two had just met in the previous episode, and while Usagi is introducing Ami to one of her favorite things of all time, namely shopping, the two come across a newly opened clock store that is featuring a fantastic grand opening sale, which naturally attracts a very large crowd of people. This was the hope of Jadeite, who used the black magic of the Dark Kingdom to create this new clock shop, which housed special clocks designed to inflict all purchasers with a dark magic that would make everyone very impatient and feel as if they were always running late with no time to spare. The ultimate aim was to collect all the precious energy expelled by these people running around in a state of panicked frenzy from being “late” and

      offer it to the Dark Kingdom’s great sleeping ruler.

      Everyone being in a rush is what makes this episode quite comical to watch. Usagi, who is never eager to get up for school or confront a monster, is affected by the clock her mother bought is up at the crack of dawn and later on, much to the surprise and displeasure of Luna, rushes ahead to confront the monster at the clock store before a plan could be devised. Perhaps the funniest moment in the story comes when Usagi and others are on a bus that’s stuck in non-moving traffic and they’re all yelling at the bus driver because they don’t have time to be stuck in traffic and the bus driver’s impatience gets the better of him and slams on the gas while taking the bus over to the wrong side of the road and in the direction of incoming traffic! A good part of the episode is filled with people running around like there isn’t a second to spare and I feel it’s probably one of the series’ funniest episodes. On top of the humor, there’s also a creative action sequence where, when confronted by Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury, the monsters taunts them to follow her into a large clock that sits in the clock shop, and Usagi, under the influence of the dark magic, lets her impatience get the better of her and she follows the monster into the clock.

      Usually, the fights take place wherever the monster is confronted, but this time, it’s in another dimension, where time can be stopped, advanced or even turned back, which leads to Sailor Moon worrying that if they go through a wrong door, she could end up an old lady, and her reaction to that is quite funny! This opened up the opportunity too for some interesting animation in the time dimension created by the monster’s magic, with clocks that were folded over and in different shapes and a variety of colors that gave the feeling that such a dimension was vast and easy to get lost in. I only wish that more time would have been devoted to better utilizing the ideas possible in the dimension where time was under the control of the monster, as aside from Sailor Moon very briefly being exposed to a pocket of time which made her younger and later, Sailor Mercury being trapped in a pocket of time which stopped time for her, not a whole lot was done with the idea, unfortunately. It also made little sense to ...


      • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (TV Series) - Usagi's Disaster: Beware of the Clock of Confusion (Episode)
      me how the monster’s magic seemed to weaken tremendously when Tuxedo Mask, for reasons unexplained, figured out that tossing a rose at the clock face that housed the dimension Sailor Moon, Mercury and the monster were in, would cause the monster’s magic to fade.

      While Tuxedo Mask’s decision to destroy the clock face could be explained away by arguing he was simply smart enough to deduce that damaging the biggest clock in the clock store might have a detrimental impact on the monster’s powers, why the monster actually lost a great deal of its magic is peculiar when in other episodes, the object that is draining the energy of humans and storing that energy gets destroyed, yet the monster seems unfazed, other than becoming even more enraged. Also, another odd aspect of the episode comes from the scene involving Jadeite and the monster, where he warns the monster to be careful as the Sailor Guardians might be drawn to the clock store. Not only did Jadeite informed Queen Beryl earlier in the episode that a second Sailor Guardian had appeared, but he was aware that both might try to interfere with his plans, yet he doesn’t actually do anything other than warn the monster to be careful. It makes Jadeite look less dangerous and

      less competent of a villain because he isn’t doing anything about the Sailor Guardians. If just one alone was ruining his plans, what made him think this monster could handle two, now? Why not send more than one monster or assist his monster in battle? The way Jadeite as a villain is written really diminishes him and doesn’t make him feel like a threat.

      Although I have issues with this episode, I can still enjoy it and laugh along with it. I enjoyed watching Usagi and Ami spend time together, and seeing how their personalities differed, like when Usagi freaked out because all the books Ami wanted to buy didn’t have any pictures and Ami was shocked all of Usagi’s books consisted of mainly pictures alone! The story had a great deal of humor and led up to one of the series’ more creative monster confrontations. Plus, Ami got her compact supercomputer and head visor from Luna in this episode, technology that she puts to good use here and will many times in the future. The English-subtitled Japanese episode is available for free streaming on Viz’s Neon Alley and Hulu, so if you’re a fan of Sailor Moon and have only seen the English dub from the 1990s, I encourage you to check it out!




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