There’s plenty of exposition, especially when there is a transformative moment, however, it feels like there is a purpose in part 2.
This review of the Netflix anime film Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie part 2 contains no spoilers.
One of my main criticisms of part 1 was that the anime film felt slightly mechanical in its storytelling. However, its abundantly evident that the director tried to merge new and existing fans, and the first installment of this double bill indicates that it was served as a crowd-pleaser. Thankfully, all the character development, story-setting, and fruitful reminders of the Sailor Moon universe were comprehensive, and part 2 became an easier ride.
Following on from the events of the first installment, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie part 2 sees the Sailor Guardians in a dangerous situation that’s confusing and difficult to gauge, as the world is shrouded in nightmares. Reality or nightmare is difficult to comprehend, as Queen Nehalennia’s plans have unfolded. The story of part 2 smartly starts with the Outer Sailor Guardians feeling a strange dark tension in their reality, and soon realize the Inner Sailor Guardians require help on Earth. In Avengers fashion, the Sailor Guardians team up to bring down the darkness.
Like the first part, the second film continues the themes, bringing extensive storytelling to the audience. There’s plenty of exposition, especially when there is a transformative moment, however, it feels like there is a purpose in part 2 — rather than it succumbing to explaining each character one by one, it instead shows the true value of the Sailor Guardians when they apply togetherness; that’s when the story shows its strength, and becomes a finale-esque event for the fans.
Part 2 drops the softer approach and brings darkness to show the true extent of Queen Nehalennia’s plans. However, the audience will never feel a measure of danger that will be inflicted on the Sailor Guardians. Despite a double bill, the tension in the second part does not justify the efforts to reach the “final boss.”
Regardless, fans will surely enjoy Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie part 2, a satisfactory extension to this universe. We can only hope that Netflix will bring more joy in this universe that feels ever-expansive.