SuperS centers heavily on Chibi-usa and the Sailor Team. A new enemy, the Dead Moon Circus, has now appeared. Their motive is to find the Golden Dream Mirror that would be used to rule the world. To do this, the enemy attacks innocent victims for their Dream Mirrors and test their energy. Chibi-usa also has a new ally on her side, Pegasus. This season also sees the Sailor Senshi obtaining new powers.
I am about to give a positive review to the least-liked season of Sailor Moon. No, I am not smoking anything and I did not just escape from a mental facility. I truly love this arc, and watch it frequently.
Story: The story is, I'll grant not as involved as the other arcs. And the fact that we know Chibi Usa has Pegasus right off the bat kills some of the suspense. SuperS is often criticized for being too light and cutesy. But even though most of the episodes are filler, as with the rest of Sailor Moon, they are rarely boring. It is lighter,
but we just had S, arguably the darkest season in the series, and we're about to get into Stars, which is also very heavy on the angst. SuperS is a welcome intermission. Some of the episodes are very funny, such as when Usagi stalks Rei and Mamoru as the red ninja of love, or when Minako dates two of the villains simultaneously. I also like that it focuses on Chibi Usa, she really comes into her own. She also gets her own romance with Helios, which I think is the sweetest relationship in all of Sailor Moon.
Art: I'm not a big art person. The art is I think better than the earlier seasons, but it's Sailor Moon. You don't watch it for it's animation merit.
Sound: The Japanese voices are wonderful as always. The English is...yeah. Though I will say Helios' dub voice is really sexy. The score is top-notch, I think SuperS has the best music. Lots of new pieces.
Character: The Inners all develop a bit, Usagi really doesn't but oh well. Chibi Usa is the one who goes through the most change, SuperS for her is like what Classic was for Usagi. And um, there's Helios, who is awesome!
Enjoyment: It's fun to watch, really. I swear.
Overall: I wish this season wasn't written off so much. It has some wonderful qualities. I never tire of it. I highly recommend you at least give it a try!
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor S is with little argument, the worst season of Sailormoon. Some may point to the Doom Tree (Season R, part I) as the worst, but we must all remember that the anime was an unexpected hit. The Doom Tree season was a placeholder while they made the actual serialization of the manga arcs. So, its forgivable. SuperS however cannot be forgiven because its had all the resources of a popular anime and still let down fans.
While the manga of the SuperS arc gave Chiba Mamoru his due spotlight, the anime version utterly refuses him of this. Chiba Mamoru is once again left
to linger in the background of every story (virtually absent in the Star season to come) while Chibi-Usa is given yet again way too much screen time.
The SuperS anime focuses on Chibi-Usa, as if an entire S season of her friendship with Tomoe Hotaru wasn't enough. Unless you love Chibi-Usa (to DEATH) this may not bother you. Just warning, almost every episode has Chibi-Usa piping in it.
The art value changes randomly throughout this series. Some episodes are of excellent quality but many of them revert back to the cheap animation of Sailormoon R (part I, Doom Tree).
As for sound, Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon is consistant in its good soundtrack, but this season offers almost nothing new.
When it comes to Character Development, an Inner Senshi may have one episode them seems to be about them (namely, when Tiger-eye, Hawk-eye or Fish-eye persues them) but otherwise such expectations go unfulfilled.
The Enjoyment level is Poor due to all the reasons listed above. I for one hate Chibi-Usa and find the entire series grating, frustrating and poor quality. Overall, however, there is some goodness to be gleaned, like the progression of Sailormoon's powers as well as the Inner Senshi and the knowledge that we won't have to put up with Chibi-usa anymore in Stars.
If you're a Mini Moon/ Chibi-Usa fan, you'll absoutly love this season
Story: One thing that annoyed me of this season, is something similar that the anime did to the first, and Stars season. They left out alot of important manga plot elements. It would have been a much worthy season if they'd done it differently. Eitherway though it was a cute season plot.
Art: I absoutly love how they made Pegasus look artisticly. Every one of his appearences had a magical essence to it, so art-wise this season was pretty good.
Sound: No big deal in sound either in this season. No outbreaking music, alot of soft
melodies were played throughout most of it, so it had a serene feel to it. Not horrible but not outbreaking either. The voices though of Pegasus, and Nehenlenia were top notch.
Character: Although I don't like Mini Moon that much, the new character and romance of Pegasus/Helios was a great addition, and actually made me like Mini Moon a bit more. Mask and Moon were hilarous acting as parents. Other then that the main leads weren't main in this season. It's all about Mini Moon this time.
Enjoyment: I can't say I wasn't dissapointed. I would have loved if this season were more like the manga story-line instead of just focusing on Mini. Mask's back origin story was supposed to be pretty prominent, and it was only refrenced in this the anime season. Asides from that the second trio of villains outcome and origins were completly different as well; which also was a major dissapointment. It makes you care less for them in the anime.
Overall: This season wasn't the absolute best season, but still it's worth watching for it's cute scenes, and romance.
There's an old saying; "Everyone likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone shoves it into you by the gallon." I like Sailor Moon. I think it's campy and cliche, but in a positive and charming way. And for three seasons, the formulaic magical girl show retained it's charm. But, then comes Season 4 aka "Sailor Moon SuperS"...
The same old gimmick applies here. Bunch of goofy, colorful bad guys show up trying to collect items to reach an item that will have dire consequences for the Earth. And it's up to the Sailor Scouts to save the day! And off we go on
another 40-ish episode grind through the bad guy chain of command before reaching our final battle. New transformation sequences, attacks, and the addition of new powers for the intrepid band of do good gals does not make up for a story that lacks anything new or even remotely innovative. Nor does any slight improvement in the art department.
That is not to say this is a "bad" season per se, it is a standard installment. The new bad guys featured certainly stand out as a colorful bunch. But, their character arcs are not too different from some of the antagonists of the past. And therefore the attempts to surprise the viewer only succeed in being no surprise at all. And before you know it, the season is over. I was left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed, but what was I to expect from a cash cow of a franchise? You don't mess with success. Mediocrity is better than total failure, I suppose. 5/10. Check it out. Cheers!