In the remote and mysterious Moomin Valley live the Moomin trolls, gentle and peaceful creatures. Young Moomin and his family experience many strange adventures, both magical and mundane. Based on the children's stories by Tove Jansson.
Hey, boys and girls! Say, what happens, when you take something, that was good - if not even perfect, to some degree - and then you hand it over to a someone, who's gonna make it... not necesseraly any better, but good nontherles, and then, you hand that project over to a some freaking pumpkinghead, who'll turn that into a freaking mess! I'll tell you, what'll hapen! It was Moomin, season 2!
Overal, this isn't too bad for a sequal for a series, that really didn't needed a sequal to beging with - kinda like Little mermaid, or Lion king. The premise is still the same, just like in the previous one, and the characters are... more or less the same, like we used to know them. Couple of voices may have changed, and the personalities may vary, but the location is still the same - again, more or less - and some of the little story arcs are at least decent, if not somewhat enjoyable. It's all about the viewing eye, and my eye, sadly, knows these episodes really, really well.
The most notable difference between this anime, and the actual good one, is the art style, characerization, and the stories. When the original was more or less cartoony, this one is straight anime-style, right down to the more "obvious" personality traits, facial expressions, and movements of the characters - and it shows! It is absolutely horrible to watch, and doesn't fit with the format at all! Another thing, like I said, was the stories. When the original Moomins where inspired from Tove Jansson's original books, these ones are entarily made up, and it show too! I mean... Moomins in the ancient Egypt, destroying one of the most priceless treasures in our modern world, the Giza's pyramid... I don't even know, what to say to that! And about the antics with Da Vinci and Mona Lisa... or how about wild west and Billy the Kid... Is this a collage from Alfred. J. Kwak or what?! The musics are actually still the same, allthough some of the new pieces really succeeded to pierce my ears really good, same with the new voice actors, when the old ones were too old, or died... I don't know which. Some of my favorite characters, like the Witch, Groken, and the Magician are also abcent, wich is a real shame, since the latter was my first crush.
This is not a bad sequel... it's just not needed to exist. The original series ended with the final winter, in Moomin valley, most of our loved characters are long gone on theis marry ways, and Snufkin leaves forever from the Moomin valley, never to return again. This one... I don't even remember, how this ends, but let me tell you, it ain't good! Again, this is not bad... it's just different, than what would be expected. Give it a chance, but prefer to the original show. It's easier that way.