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[Sailor Moon Super S Special: Ami
AKA: Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon SuperS Special: Ami-chan no Hatsukoi, Ami-chan no Hatsukoi
Genre: Magical girl / comedy
Length: Movie, 15 minutes
Distributor: Currently licensed by Viz Entertainment, but will also be made available for streaming on Viz and Hulu.
Content Rating: 7+ (nothing objectionable)
Related Series: Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S, Sailor Moon Super S the Movie: Black Dream Hole
Also Recommended: Card Captor Sakura, Sailor Moon (movies), Sailor Moon Super S
Notes: This was a theatrical short originally shown after the Super S movie in Japan. It was later released on video and laserdisc as a standalone, and even later on R2 DVD with the Super S TV specials. This story is based on a filler chapter of the Sailor Moon manga from Takeuchi Naoko.

The Editor-in-Chief has chosen to omit the confusing SuperS typology in discussion of this season of Sailor Moon.
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Sailor Moon Super S Special: Ami's First Love

Synopsis

15 year-old Mizuno Ami is studying hard to get into high school, but when she finds a love letter in her locker, she starts to freak out. And later, when she finds out that someone named Mercurius is doing just as good as her in school, she starts freaking out even more, and starts rapidly increasing her study habits, much to the disgust of her friends. But when Ami starts to feel woozy soon afterward, and a mysterious woman comes and threatens to take away everything she studied so hard for, will Ami be able to transform into the Sailor Senshi of knowledge, Sailor Mercury, and defeat her?


Review

This was my first dive into the Japanese world of Sailor Moon (prior to that I only watched the English dub), and I'm very thankful for it.

Anyway, notsalgia aside, Ami's First Love is a cute little story that, although not expanding upon the plot of the Super S season, is a must-see for Ami fans. It shows us a side of her we rarely see in the anime: competitve, aggressive, wearing glasses (something that occured much more often in the manga, but was seemingly lost in the anime), and fighting solo. That's right: Usagi and Chibi-Usa, for a change, don't save the day, and neither do Sailor Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Tuxedo Mask, or the Outer Senshi.

That doesn't mean that Usagi and the others don't do anything, though. The scene where Usagi tries to shake down Umino for advice regarding the identity of Mercurius is very funny, as are the disgusted looks of Usagi and the others when Ami tells them that the guy she'd want to fall in love with should look like Einstein (um ... yeah. Ami sure has some weird tastes in appearance, ne?).

Animation and art are very good, like all theatrical Sailor Moon is. The music is very fitting and pretty, even featuring a new opening theme (with no words) excusively for the short. And of course, the seiyuu each fit their characters to a tee: even the new monster of the day sounds good.

Since it's a short, Ami's First Love doesn't have too much of a story to work with, but it gets the job done, and should be seen by all Sailor Moon fans (especially fans of Ami). Also, unlike the movie that came after it, it feels like a true, bonafide Sailor Moon work.

Even though Usagi herself is barely in it at all.

A charming, though short, mini-episode of Sailor Moon. Those who aren't that big of fans of Ami, however, can safely take off two stars. Tim Jones

Recommended Audience: Aside from a *little* flesh from Minako (and it's just part of her elbow, mind you), there's nothing at all objectionable about this at all. Fun for everyone.



Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Full (1/1)
Sailor Moon Super S Special: Ami's First Love © 1995 Toei / Kodansha / Takeuchi Naoko
 
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