The Sailor Guardians and their leader, Sailor Moon, continue their duty of protecting Earth from any who would dare cause it harm. However, Sailor Mars' apocalyptic visions and the appearance of two new guardians—Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus—signal that a new battle will soon begin.
These newcomers seek three Talismans that are inside the Pure Heart Crystals within human beings. Once brought together, these objects form The Holy Grail, a magical relic with extraordinary abilities. They want to use the Grail to save the world, but an evil organization known as the Death Busters seeks its power for their own desires.
The removal of a Talisman from a person's Heart Crystal will cause their death, something that Uranus and Neptune see as a necessary sacrifice to form the Grail, while Sailor Moon and her group deem it unforgivable. But can any sacrifice be worth the cost if it saves the lives of the entire human race?
It always seems that the longer a series goes on that it almost inevitably gets worse. That can pretty much be said for Sailor Moon S, the third season of the franchise. While it is not a bad series (far from it), I found that it was the most difficult of the three I have seen so far to watch.
It has always been a peeve of mine when a story develops to a point and then mystically finds itself reverting back. Sailor Moon S suffers from the introduction of some pretty unlikable characters plus the reintroduction of an annoying one. The
later is Chibi-Usa, the future daughter of Usagi and Mamoru who pointlessly returns from the future, apparently to just become a pest. The progress made in the relationship between Usagi and Chibi-Usa apparently is meaningless as we are again treated to constant arguing and disrespect shown to her "mother". Honestly the whole time I just wanted Usagi to take her over her knee and throttle her back to the future. Even more inexplicable is Chibi Usa's constant interference in Usagi's and Mamoru's relationship. I mean she does realize if they aren’t together she won’t be born... right?
The other new characters are the introduction of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. A pair of completely unlikeable, cruel, and arrogant girls who never do answer for their own crimes as they ruthlessly pursue their own goals. Their rude and despicable attitude towards Usagi and the other guardian senshi despite being saved by them multiple times made them, for me at least, difficult to like.
For the most part these are my early impressions, and made it hard to get through the series until it starts to reach its climax. Chibi-Usa does become less annoying and she really isn’t in the series as much as it appeared she was going to be by the end. Though my dislike for Uranus and Neptune remained until the end. The story is pretty good but really not as strong as the first two series. The motivations of the villains don’t feel as defined as in previous seasons and the plot really feels repetitive for almost three quarters of the show. The weaknesses of the first two series remain, though the action is a little better. Mostly because of the addition of the new warriors the numbers of combinations increase which makes the battles a little more diverse. Though they are still pretty boring. I also felt that the Inner Senshi characters that are really important took too much of a backseat to the unlikable Outer Senshi. While each girl does have a couple episodes devoted to them it does feel like they have been mostly neglected. Also the romance elements were almost nonexistent in this series, which was a major disappointment for me. Despite all these things, the ending arc is very well done and I did enjoy the whole Sailor Saturn/Mistress 9 part of the story.
The art is probably the best it has been up to this point. Though there are a number of issues I had with the animation. Mostly this has to do with the really silly and overly long cut scenes, the biggest offender being Usagi's use of her special attack. Really was all that dancing around and spins necessary? Also the music really suffers here as well with the introduction of some of the corniest anime music I have ever heard. Now when the sailors transform we get treated to individual songs for each girl. I wasn’t sure whether I should laugh or cry when listening to it.
Overall though I still did end up liking this series, and it is particularly saved by the last arc involving Sailor Saturn. It has a number of flaws but it is still the Sailor Moon I know and love. It seems to know when you are really getting annoyed or frustrated with something and stops in time before you want to turn it off. Fans of the first two seasons will still enjoy this but you will probably be a little let down, particularly on the romance side, like I was.
Ou, I was a teenager when I started to watch and be a fan of this anime. We were a group of fans which imagined that we are SailorMoon or SailorMars and so. We watched these episodes and cried with characters etc. That was real fun.
Now I think this is one of the precious animes I have ever seen because it is funny un childish in its sort kind of way, it is romantic and a little bit nude but isn't too pervert to show to children, it shows different kind of situations that could happen in real life too (mostly metaphorical of course) and
it shows that bravery and good friends are most valuable think in world.
It is good anime because of these situations which teaches us to be brave and never give up. At least from this anime I learned that and now I never give up and continuing to be brave when it is needed.
Here we are, three hundred anime reviews, not counting those few manga ones I've done. Those of you who are more familiar with my reviews are probably expecting something Sailor Moon related just because the hundredth and two hundredth reviews were both Sailor Moon series and it would be strange if this wasn't one. You are, of course, absolutely right. In keeping with that tradition, I'm going to talk about Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S, the third anime series to come to light. It ran from 94 to 95, but I digress. In the first series we saw the sailor soldiers defeat Queen Beryl &
the dark kingdom, sacrificing themselves in the process. In the second series, their reborn bodies regained their memories and they bid farewell to their normal lives, which was especially difficult for Usagi given her finding ordinary life most endearing. They fought a pair of aliens and their Hell Tree and then proceeded to take on the challenge of the Black Moon clan with the help of ChibiUsa, the most annoying character in the series and Usagi's future child who didn't even have the decency to time travel in a police box or something else interesting. So, let's dive in and see what new adventure awaits us. I'm sure there will be much to discuss.
We open with a new threat. One that gives our heroines a cold sweat. They call themselves the Death Busters. Emerging from deep dimensional clusters. At the same time new soldiers appear. Representing a new era, we have Uranus and Neptune, both quite queer. I don't mean that in any kind of demeaning sense. So please don't take offence. It's quite literally true. These girls quickly cause yuri to ensue. The Death Busters are seeking talismans for reasons unknown. The Sailor Soldiers seek to make them atone. First, however, they must discover the talisman's locale. As well as Uranus and Neptune's motivations and rationale. Can they stop these villain from stealing the crystals of people's hearts? What's the best way to bring down these upstarts?
There's only one real narrative failing. At times the story seems to be flailing. Rather than pushing forward and progressing with the story. Fighting further monsters gives them glory. In all fairness, filler episodes are nothing new. The positive side to it is that they allow the characters to develop their dynamics without much ado.
On to more positive aspects. The narrative works in many respects. The battle against the Busters has some high tension. The whole conflict with Uranus and Neptune, revolving around differences in outlook, adds dimension. This is also the funniest the series has ever been. With plenty of humorous episodes and many a comedic scene. There's also some strong romance. Not betwixt Mamoru and Usagi, they've already blown their chance. The romance between Uranus and Neptune is really strong. You can tell that together they belong. There's also a budding romance when Hotaru and Chibi-Usa meet. It's really very sweet. The climactic battle is very intense. Containing several factors for suspense. It makes for quite interesting viewing. Seeing the plans that have been built up and the attempts at their undoing.
The cast in this works really well. Adding Haruka, Michiru & Hotaru really helps it excel. The three all get fleshed out back stories. Which help elevate them above simple categories. The villains are also quite interesting, I must profess. The way they're written has finesse. Like the other villains we've seen, they're quite sympathetic. They aren't just evil for the evils and unapologetic. You actually feel for them and hope to see them mend their ways. Before they find themselves going out in a blaze. Our favourite soldiers all make a triumphant return. Complete with more facets still for us to learn. I also have to admit that Chibi-Usa is vastly improved. With her more annoying attributes from the last series virtually removed. The character dynamics are very strong. Especially given that the cast has become a veritable throng.
The artwork in this looks quite dated. It's not bad but it's also not to be venerated. It has the usual over-used stock footage attacks. It also spends too much time with the transformations and those are facts. That being said, the backgrounds can look pretty nice. The series also has some more active action sequences that help add spice. All things considered, it all looks decent enough. Albeit it can be a bit rough.
The series brings back its already stellar cast. With additions for the new characters amassed. Ogata Megumi, Minaguchi Yuko & Katsuki Masako all make their appearance. Fitting in with perfect adherence. All the acting is quite terrific. With many actresses prolific. The music was composed by Arisawa Takanori and it's really good. Helping convey the mood and build the atmosphere as it should.
S has more yuri than the first two series of Sailor Moon. In that area,, the addition of Haruka & Michiru is quite the boon. These two have les-yay with all five main sailor soldiers, Haruka especially. There's even a scene where Ami, Rei, Makoto & Minako compete over which of them will dance with her when she's back from dancing with Usagi, freshly. That being said, it's their dynamic together that's truly a sight to behold. It just gets cuter as we watch it unfold. We also get Chibi-Usa and Hotaru's relationship. It's certainly no stranger to skin-ship. There's also a nice little scene where Ami gets jealous seeing Rei with another girl. Only to have really obvious relief when she discovers that it was perfectly innocent and not a romantic whirl.
That's it for Sailor Moon S, how does it hold up? Well, it's quite strong in terms of set-up. The characters get fleshed out and developed well. Their relationships are certainly swell. The artwork holds up the least. The rest of the attributes are surprisingly uncreased. Of the three I've looked at so far, I'd say this is the best. Being a definitive cut above the rest. In terms of rating, a 9/10 is how I'd rate it. Although I'm sure, like the first series, the English dub is shit. Starting this Sunday I'll go into this year's film festival week since it seems like good timing. Although those reviews will be sans the rhyming. I'll start with Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin since starting with a KnK film has become a habit. So let's see what's in store for the world they inhabit. Thanks for sticking with me for three hundred reviews. I hope my words have helped amuse.
So after reviewing seasons one and two, here is season number three. As always my Review is split into two parts, and is highly subjective. The fist part is about the structure, aesthetic and characters of Sailor Moon S. The second part is the conclusion where I write down what I thought worked or didn’t work and rate the anime. Also I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, so if you for some reason didn’t watch it feel free to read.
The structure is on the first view pretty much the same as the structure of
the prior seasons. The story can be divided into 2 parts.
The first part follows the usual formula of Sailor Moon, with an episodic monster of the week structure while slowly pushing the main story forward. Just as season one and two three minor antagonists get about ten episodes where they collect this seasons equivalent of life energy in their own unique way, which just as before helps sailor moon to not become too repetitive. As in season one and two the first half of each episode focuses on daily life experiences of the girls, while the second half is all about the action. What is different from the prior seasons is the tighter focus on the narrative of each individual episode. This basically means that the characters who are present for just an episode get a bigger focus and are more developed. But more on that later. Another important remark here is that the first half of the episodes seem also to focus more on either character development and a more serious mood or on the opposite have an influx of slapstick and comedy as whole.
The second part of season three is where the focus on the main story and the main villains begins. And as such the episodic nature is disregarded to conclude the story in a fitting way.
Aesthetics: In terms of aesthetics Sailor Moon definitely improved in the animation quality. But there are two key improvements even more important than just the jump in animation quality. The first one is the way this season is presenting its characters. Especially the two new scouts, the minor antagonists and the monsters of the week. From the character designs, the soundtracks used for the new scouts and the use visual elements really helps in creating a mood surrounding these characters. Also the monsters or Daimons got some pretty crazy designs fitting the aesthetically theme of the episode., like a female (all of them are female) Daimon in the observatory wearing nothing but a star and boots. (quite sexualised compared to season one and two though) The second improvement I want to give credit to is how the defeat sequences are animated. I think these short sequences are incredibly satisfying to watch. And even if the Sailor Moon action sequences are full (one might even say overload) of reused animations the defeated sequences always felt like a small highlight of the episode.
Characters: Starting the characters off with the main cast the only thing I want to say is that this season does a good job showing the growth of the main cast, which got evident in the few character focused episodes in the beginning. Also Usagi seems to be more mature compared to prior seasons. I have earlier pointed out that the side characters for one episode were more developed than before. But on the flip side, recurring characters of season one and two get a episode of screen if they get any at all. (looking at Naru, Umino and Usagis family) But there for this season introduced two new scouts (but wait there’s more! Spoiler its kinda three and a half new scouts) who add on probably the most interesting character dynamics (plural) of the season. The minor antagonist (which were really good in season one and two) are pretty quirky and certainly funnier than prior ones but not as complex as them. They also lack the character interactions of season ones and twos minor antagonists. But don’t get me wrong they are still pretty good and do what they should. With that being said the character interactions that do happen are really interesting, ranging form silly fun to the clash of different philosophies. Oh and also there are some really important, well build up and inherently interesting character interactions with Chibiusa and a new character. Oh minor !SpoilerAlert! skip this following sentence and jump to the conclusion if you want to be completely blind. This season follows the good Sailor Moon tradition of turning a good character into an enemy for two episodes or so.
Story: Good to very good 7,5/10
While still being a bit repetitive at times, the stricter focus on the once a episode characters and quirkier monsters really helped in keeping every episode fresh. The season finale also felt a bit underwhelming but this season still got a lot of interesting developments to be considered interesting.
Art: good 7/10
A pretty considerable upgrade compared to prior seasons. So that’s appreciated. Special shout-outs to the Daimon designs, (the little bit of fanservice is also appreciated by me) the defeated animation. And their unique abilities.
Sound Very good 8/10
Yeah as always, good use of the score and nice new soundtracks.
Characters: Good to very good 7,5/10
While providing interesting new characters this season also manages to show to personal progress the main cast has made. The minor antagonists are quirky and all, but lack the complexity of former antagonists. But this season has some nice (meaning no really great but a lot of good and ok) character interactions, reaching from funny to quite serious ones.
Final thoughts: I really enjoyed this season and would say that this is my favorite season of sailor moon so far. But I enjoyed this season for different reasons than season one. (Which does a way better job in building up characters and character moments I would say.) The reason I liked this season more is that each episode is interesting on an intrinsic level. The small stories of those characters who appear for just one episode where actually interesting. I was looking forward to see how the Daimon of this episode would look like and what unique ability or even character it would have. And I enjoyed seeing the Daimons getting defeated. So the main quality of this season compared to season one and two is in my opinion the lack of uninteresting episodes.
With that being said I have a problem 30/40 -->7,5/10 so 7 or 8?
tbh idc... I´ll give it a 7 to be consistent with my Sailor Moon ratings. But as always those numbers are the least important part of a review so feel free to disagree.