When Mamoru was little he gave a rose to a little boy named Fiore. Fiore promised that one day he would bring Mamoru lots of flowers. Now Fiore has come back to earth but his intentions are not merely to fulfil a promise...
This is my favorite Sailor Moon movie. I love the backstory with how Darien became friends with Fiore and when he first really met Serena. It was both sweet and sad how Serena saved Fiore and then how Fiore gave Serena back her life. I also liked how the girls always stuck by their princess and that no matter what, Serena never gave up on anyone. Not even Fiore. It is a fantastic movie that I highly recommend. If you haven't sen it, you really are missing something.
Sailor Moon is one of those franchises that you're almost certainly familiar with. It has five anime series with a sixth currently airing. I already looked at the first series, which was great if you watched the original and terrible if you watched the heavily censored Eglish dub. It also has a live action series, over a dozen video games, a musical version and a trio of anime films. Today, we'll be looking at the first of them. Sailor Moon R: The Movie.
We open with the sailor soldiers going to a greenhouse/ garden to look at flowers. Everything seems to be going well
and laughter is in abundance. That's when a strange guy approaches Mamoru and takes his hand in a very suggestive fashion while telling him that he's brought a flower like he promised. Usagi notices and tells him that Mamoru is her boyfriend. He responds by pushing her away, shifting appearance to look very similar to Ail and Ann & teleporting away with a flowery effect. But he vows to bring Mamoru lots of flowers. Mamoru mentions the name “Fiore” and goes off on his own. Leaving the soldiers to contemplate what it all means and Usagi to try to deal with her boyfriend's probable bisexuality. Although she really has no room to judge given that she's attracted to at least three other women over the course of the anime.
Now, I actually do like that they use their words and try to reason with the antagonist rather than just going into a long fight scene. I also do like that they make Fiore sympathetic, which is pretty common for Sailor Moon villains, instead of evil for the evils. The film also has some good comedic moments, some with Chibi-Usa, although I only begrudgingly admit that I liked some of her scenes. I also like that the film's story is self-contained, giving you enough information that you can easily understand it even if you haven't seen the series leading up to it. The film's major narrative flaw is the ending. A lot of the stuff leading up to it is good, but it moves into an obvious fake out scene with a cheap resolution. Now, it really needed a little time after that scene to wrap things up properly. Instead, the movie just ends abruptly. It feels like they couldn't think of a good way to wrap things up and just decided not to bother.
The sailor soldiers remain fun, entertaining and interesting characters. Some of the best scenes in the film involve the five of them just having fun or explore their bonds with each other. Fiore is also a great character and I did, overall, like what they did with his story arc. The weak links are Chibi-Usa, who gets some funny scenes but is still a pretty annoying character, and Mamoru, who is just as bland and generically good as he's always been. The difference is that in the series he stayed largely on the sidelines as a secondary character and in this film he's one of the major focus characters. It does make his dullness more noticeable.
The art is good. The character designs look as nice as ever. The action sequences flow better than they do in most of the series with some of the stock attack animations being replaced by more active scenes, although there are certainly plenty of the stock animations present. The backgrounds are lively and nicely detailed, certainly moreso than was present in the first series at least.
The vocal cast is superb, as it is in the main series. Mitsuishi Kotono, Hisakawa Aya, Tomizawa Michie, Shinohara Emi and Fukami Rica are joined by Touma Yumi as the Kisenian flower and Midorikawa Hikaru as Fiore. Sailor Moon fans may recognise them as the same duo who played Ail and Ann in R. Which is a little confusing given that the film's story really has nothing to do with the main R storyline in spite of the title. Still, they all give great performances. The music is really good. Sure, some of it is recycled from the series but it was good music then and it's still just as good.
Given that the plot revolves on another man with an obvious crush on Mamoru and that Mamoru does respond to his feelings pretty favorably in spite of Fiore's feelings being arguably one-sided, I'm going to give it a ho-yay factor of a 5/10.
Sailor Moon R: The Movie does have a lot to recommend it. The characters, aside from a certain two, are really good. The story itself is compelling and features a lot of good moments. The voice acting and music are great. It's not a great film, however. It suffers from a weak ending. It feels incomplete. One of the focus characters is Generic Male Love Interest #403. If you're a fan of the Sailor Moon franchise and you haven't seen it, check it out. You'll probably like it okay, at the very least. My final rating is going to be a 7/10. Tomorrow, a film from a different famous Toei animation franchise. Yes, this one is probably the first one you thought of.
Today, I was planning to watch the Sailor Moon S movie since I'm going to read "The Lover of Princess Kaguya" soon and I wanted to compare them. However, the only subbed version I could find was on Veoh TV and watching it there would have interfered with what I was doing today, so I decided to watch the R movie on YouTube instead. I'm going to review this as unbiased as I can, because I personally didn't like this movie very much.
(By the way, the person who uploaded the one I was watching didn't upload the end, and I had to read about
it on Wikipedia, so bear with me a bit.)
Story: The story was pretty good. It stays true to typical Sailor Moon plotlines. It was kind of sweet how Fiore wanted to protect Mamoru so much, and it was very sweet how the Inner Senshi stood by Sailor Moon so much. I admit, I got kind of bored in the middle and took a break, but that may be because of my problems with sitting and watching a long thing.
Art: After seeing the SuperS movie, I admit I was kind of disappoitned with the art here, which was nothing spectacular. But there is this one scene that shows the meteor from an angle, and that was pretty cool looking.
Sound: The sound was great, I really noticed the background music, and it was really good.
Character: Of course, all the familiar characters are in this, and they're all great. One of my favorite scenes was the part where Usagi was sleeping, and Chibiusa plugged her nose shut and held her hands on Usagi's mouth. But aside from the usual characters, I didn't like the new character, Fiore, too much. I thought that he was too self pitying. I know that he was possessed by that flower monster (can't remember her name, if she had one) at some point, but I felt that his hatred for Usagi was irrational.
Enjoyment/Overall: As I mentioned before, this wasn't really my favorite. I thought it was kind of boring. However, I can see where other people thought it was good, and maybe if I saw the ending I would think differently. It's not that it was a bad movie, it was just that I wasn't interested. I'll give it a seven overall.
This is really a good movie. It's about a guy named Fiore (who strongly resembles Alan and Ann from Sailor Moon R), who comes back to Earth to fufill his promise to Darien. But Fiore's heart is being corrupted by an evil flower named Kisenian, who wants to destroy Earth and take over with her minions and have it covered with evil flowers.
So Sailor Moon and the gang go to the evil whereout where Darien is held hostage after being wounded by Fiore for trying to save Sailor Moon from being killed.
It's a really good movie that is my second favorite in the sereies
, right along with Sailor Moon: Hearts in Ice. I recommend anyone to watch this movie. You'll love it.