English: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Crystal
Synonyms: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (2014), Sailor Moon Remake, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (2014)
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン Crystal
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.291 (scored by 8661 users)
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SynopsisNew Sailor Moon anime commemorating the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon.
Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold...
Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess...?!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Alternative version: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Other: MOON PRIDE
Characters & Voice Actors
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal was meant to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon and although it was delayed by two years, the waiting was worth it. This is more of a first impressions than a review, since only six episodes are aired to date. Most of the important differences between the original series and the 2014 one are noted here, what you can expect if you grew up with Sailor Moon and what you can expect if you just found out about the show.
Sailor Moon Crystal follows the manga more closely with its story and art, while still making it look and feel more like a contemporary fantasy that is happening now instead of in the early 90s. Usagi having a Windows 7 laptop and no CRT monitors seen in the school computer rooms is a small example of that. Apparently a lot of work has been done on small details, which is a great service for all fans that will rewatch the episodes more than once.
I would say the art is gorgeous - of course, as expected from an anime with "pretty" in its title. The backgrounds, while very detailed and colorful, also let the characters and the animation stand out. Some of them even leave the impression of being beautifully done paintings. The colors used are mostly warm and there is an obvious emphasis on light colors, especially in character design. Apart from the difference between the background and the character designs, there is some CGI present in a couple of scenes. Now this is a hit or miss. It definitely contributes with some nice effects and it is surely better executed than in many other anime series, but it still might put off some people. All in all the art is interesting and looks gorgeous. Mixing three different styles works out fine. It is far from perfect, but this approach creates an unique atmosphere and contributes more to the general feel of the show. Character designs resemble a lot the ones from the manga, so 90s fans that are not familiar with them, might dislike or find them awkward in Sailor Moon Crystal.
The animation is gorgeous as well! Watching Sailor Moon move and fight in HD with perfectly clear lines is a real treat. However this might be the worst aspect of the show. Like in its predecessor the animation quality here is inconsistent. Although it is nothing too overwhelming like in the old series. While some of the scenes are animated really fluently and beautifully, the ones following them might come as a surprise. Usagi freezing for no reason while the world and the dialogue are moving behind her is one of those awkward moments. Or the very lifelike movements of her hair in one scene followed by a poorly animated movement of the characters in the next. These moments leave the feeling of watching a manga with a voice over, which is quite out of place when the animation in the next scene is exceptional. Face animations and expressions are also poorly done more often than not. Especially compared to the original show. The animation is by no means bad, it is beautiful and fluent when it is, but the above mentioned inconsistency may be unpleasant for some viewers.
There is not much to say about the soundtrack and the voice acting. The fans of the original show will definitely need some time getting used to the new opening and ending themes. And sorry, no Moonlight Densetsu! There are more moments without music than in the original series when you only hear noises from the background or just the voice acting, which might lessen the impact of the moment for some people. However the voice acting is amazing and definitely more expressive than the animation in casual scenes.
Compared to the original, the first few episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal have better pacing and manage to contain more story related events. The show also appears more mature and focused on romance and friendship so far. Because of that however, the comedy suffers. Some jokes that were exaggerated in the original show are more subtly presented here, but this is okay, if the show is not meant to center around comedy as much as its predecessor. And while the story is very straightforward and without any fillers, many viewers, and especially the fans of the original, might see this as a lack of depth and character development.
Overall Sailor Moon Crystal appears to have a lot of potential. It is Sailor Moon, but at the same time it is different. Yes, old time fans will definitely find things to dislike, but keep in mind that it is a different adaptation. And instead of just updating the visuals and the soundtrack, the studio managed to create something unique, beautiful and engaging that could be appealing to people unfamiliar with the franchise as well, that expect contemporary quality anime. Surely if Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Crystal keeps the same overall quality as in the first couple of episodes, the final product will be worthy of staying side by side with it predecessor. read more
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL (BEST SHOW OF SUMMER) REVIEW:
In every critical stand point, Sailor Moon beats all of the horrible train wrecks that are coming all throughout the Summer season just for being “Good”. Which makes it the best show of Summer. It is also very faithful of the original manga.
A very energetic high school girl called Usagi was once simply minding her own business on her slice of life until she stumbles upon a black cat with yellow resent on its face. That cat soon gave her the magical ability to transform into a Sailor Moon, a skimpy skirted magical girl with a convenient high school dress whose role is to guard the people of Japan and to kill gay demons and s*it in a predictable fashion.
First off, I am not speaking as a Sailor Moon fan, in fact, I'm born in the 2000's thank you very much. So don't expect me to give bonus points on the entertainment score because of nostalgia. I respectfuly review Sailor Moon Crystal as its own seperate and definitive work of Japanese Animated media.
Analysing this in a critical fashion, one of (if not) the biggest strength of Sailor Moon is that it does not do anything wrong with its narrative and characters. Its not aiming for this ambitious setting like involving mass war, delving into the dark psychological under tones of the human mind, or a deconstruction on what truly defies a solider being a human . Sailor Moon keeps a nice and simple premise with easy to follow storytelling with all the black and white jazz while being the few modern Anime aiming to a much Younger audience in an accurate fashion without f**king up.
Plot is again, nothing special even though Sailor Moon was the first magical girl Anime that defines the entire magical girl genre with its own Archetypes, it still has this child-friendly like feel to it with the simple moral of the story saying that friendship will beat the odds of evil, while that may be simple, it was my analysis from these feelings that further emphasised on how hyped I was when I was ready to watch the next episode above all the crap and mediocrities.
The main characters are the Sailor Moon guardians protecting the world from evil, as an attempt to round off the cast, they fit the whole feeling of this otherwise “Good Show” yet being two dimensional, they are definitely a stray from Archetypes we see too much in modern Anime as it becomes a refresher from all of the pedo-faces, tsundares, pointless blushing and useless whores I have been seeing as a tradition to torture myself. And it makes them better in comparison.
They have this basic personality for You to grasp once they become a Sailor Moon Guardian, often being defined by one or two personalities, You really get a sense that these characters actually do develop as actual centre focused characters.
(excluding a few) Side characters are really just there for some back drop, the main focus centres around the leads that will one day fight evil and get all the guys. These “other” characters are nothing much to talk off, they don't really need to there but to simply force fill there roles and lack any potential interest. Though the show does centre around more of the good vs evil concept with its simplicity, this does not really matter as even a tiny nitpick.
Nothing much is there to talk about the villains, since the show just raises lots of foreshadowed answers from them, and there personalties aren’t particularity special, but they do the job.
I'm going to stand my point and defend the fact that the Sailor Moon guardians are not a bunch of lesbians, the show was the Anime to define magical girl genre so it was aimed for the Younger demographic and there was never a sign of any of the Sailor Guardians having some lesbian relationship in any way shape or form. They are friends who trust each other with strong bonds and who know very well that they are not in love, that is fan speculation making up bull sh*t. Unlike in Madoka Magica when the red head all of a sudden stopped living by pride alone, but insists on showing love to Sayaka as it ends up into this weird lesbian feel-like relationship that came up out of nowhere!
Toei seems to do a good job with the Animation, it has remains of this old 90's feel to it with the backgrounds having this line and wash style that I really love, and it does tend to stray from all the CGI backgrounds from Ufotable, I.G, Madhouse etc. The CGI transformation sequences makes the Sailor Moon look like a bunch of plastic dolls, though rather colourful and quite artsy at a few moments, it does not help the fact that I am devoid of escapism when I see the horrible CGI, but if You consider that everything else is not CGI, then I will give it praise just for that. Character designs look much different compared to the 90's, but the usual Anime style of the 2000's (except for a few designs) are getting more and more boring as time flies, and now its like I fully accept it style since the first episode.
The music is nothing at all note worthy except for a catchy J-Rock OP, and ED that is skip worthy, I really cannot think of any track as the top of my head, or have a good and in-depth listen to. It only serves the show to have the cherry on top of the cake, though I do praise it more for the increase use of that electrical guitar, except for that, nothing special at all.
Going to be well remembered for being around good or average but more importantly, as a faithful adaptation of the manga, however, for so many bad shows that aired for Summer 2014 and any other train wreck when almost every casual go absolute crazy on, like Akame Ga Kill, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Deadman Wonderland, Madoka Magica and the Unholy heaven of mass mercurial venomous Jupiter Gas known as Fate/zero, will I prefer any of those horrid praises by masses over something that is only classified as either good or average like Sailor Moon? YES.
6.5/10 -Story is simple, but its good.
6/10 -Characters perfectly match with the vibe of the story.
6.5/10 -Follow the line and wash style, but nothing particular overall, and Wixoss does it better.
6/10 -Music is nothing specie except for the guitars.
6.5/10 -Combined with good characters, and a plot that is not ambitious makes a good trip to go through, and is worthy to be called “Entertaining”
FINALE: 6/10 FOR BEING THE BEST SHOW FOR SUMMER 2014!!! read more
*They both contain transformations
*They both are trying to search for a certain item
*They both meets friends and try to relate to each other
*Romance is involved
*Problems that must be fixed in their daily lives
If you like Sailor moon crystal then you'll for sure love Shugo Chara!
There are 5 characters in the main cast
There are "enemies of the week" and one main enemy
The main characters have "alter egos" with special powers necessary to defeat evil (Although, JoJo cast do not transform, but summon said egos)
Both are old manga and old anime remade with sharp animation and bright colors. Also, note the 3d in both the openings.
ps: Sailor Jupiter looks like Kakyoin, with wavy pink hair and green uniform.
Opening Theme"MOON PRIDE" by Momoiro Clover Z
Ending Theme"Gekkou (月虹)" by Momoiro Clover Z
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