Sailor Moon Crystal Discussion

Topic started by Bigheart711 on June 5, 2014. Last post by hitsusatsu11 6 days, 13 hours ago.
Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Welcome to the Sailor Moon Crystal discussion thread! Come here to chat about the latest episodes, the characters, plot, or the series in general.

Major Note: You may talk about the older shows or movies of the franchise over here .

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーンクリスタル Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal)

Producer: Toei Animation
Type: Based on a Manga
Genres & Themes: Magical Girl, Action

Release Date: July 5

Plot: 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…!?

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Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Bigheart711:

I watched the trailer and after doing a Monday marathon on the show via HULU. She sounds more mature and womanly. Did they change her voice actress?

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: Usagi has the same seiyuu as in the past, so it's most likely shown in age. However, she still sounds like past Usagi, but as if she aged by only a few years. She must've been prepared for this since the announcement from two years ago...

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Bigheart711:

She's pretty talented at what she did. I hope Crunchyroll streams this show.

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: It was already announced that they are to stream Crystal on Crunchyroll.

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Bigheart711:

It's a 26 episode series that will air twice a month. That's pretty strange. Thanks for the correction

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Bigheart711:

I replace your trailer with Viz Media's official English subbed trailer.

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Updated the OP with an official extended version of the Trailer!

@takashichea: The first picture is quite cute while the other is straight up power. XD

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

There are some pre-release images about as well as some more cast details via ANN. I'll add them to the database under "Pre-Release Screencaps".

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Bigheart711:

I realized they're using characters from the original series. I'm doing a marathon on Sailor Moon via HULU to see what's the hype about.

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

The first episode's for free via Crunchyroll and now Hulu's been streaming it as well. I'll post my thoughts about episode 1 in a blog.

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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The series look good, but the characters didn't had much expressions.
Post by AURON570 (552 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I enjoyed the solar system opening, showing all the planets (alluding to all the different Sailor girls yet to be introduced, then zeroing in on the Moon and Earth). Had a nice Space Brothers vibe to it!

I'm glad they kept some of the clumsy school girl charm, but I still think the art feels a little angular and the girls are too skinny..

Haha, I can't watch these types of hero shows without Samurai Flamenco in the back of my head. I find myself questioning what exactly is being portrayed as "good" or "evil", and how characters are being represented etc. Some people say Sailor Moon is feminist since it shows girls taking care of themselves and fighting evil (among other reasons), even the OP had a line saying "we don't need men to protect us". But I'm not sure it's so simple.

For example, grades and jewellry. Usagi gets bad grades, but she stopped some evil homunculus from siphoning power off women, so that makes her good right? The homunculus took advantage of women's desire for fancy jewelry in the first place. But wasn't able to snag Usagi because of her poor grades and Usagi feeling guilty about getting bad grades and thus not rewarding herself. *eek* capitalism!

At the same time we have the media portrayal of "Sailor V" in the news and video games. I guess part of the reason this genre is so popular is seeing those heroes turn out to be ordinary humans.. ahh the power of slice of life. Then it's a matter of finding a balance between comedy, action and serious time.

Anyways... I enjoyed Luna, she feels cuter somehow. Also, since I watched the english dub of Sailor Moon as a child, I kind of miss the "meatball head" joke. It went well with her clumsiness, but I'm not sure if japanese has a good equivalent. The transformation sequence and the boomerang was alright, but it's not the same as the original! (no duh). Haha, for those interested, here is the english dub of Sailor Moon for comparison, feels more whimsical to me, also watch for the meatball head joke at around 9:40:

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Episode 1 was alright I guess. I think the original was better but I can't really remember tbh (I can say the original intro was much cooler for sure). The only real complaint I have is Usagi's eye's don't look right.

Post by Bigheart711 (3,705 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Episode 2 is out and it was real good! Looks like Crunchyroll's doing the whole series for free (considering that the show has a bi-weekly schedule).

Post by AURON570 (552 posts) See mini bio Level 15

"This CD will definitely let you become a doctor!" 10 minutes later.. "make up, make me a Doctor!"

I am still not completely used to how skinny and tall the girls are. And were the skirts for the sailor transformation always that short? Maybe I'm imagining things, but I just can't shake the feeling that the characters just don't feel right.. the eyes, mouth, the body proportions just seem a little off.

Also grades aren't everything, lead a balanced lifestyle with good friends, yup yup. Like in ep1 when Queen Beryl took advantage of women's desire for fancy jewelry, in this episode Queen Beryl takes advantage of teenagers' desire for good grades. Haha, it occurred to me that these might be comments on real world jewelry scams or tutoring/plagiarism scams. I've heard the sayings "if it's too good to be true, it probably is," and similarly for food "if it tastes good, it is probably unhealthy for you". Of course those are just guidelines, but the underlying lesson is basically "don't cheat, because in the end you're only cheating yourself or will get taken advantage of, which will put you in a bad situation, effectively cheating yourself into that situation".

It was interesting that even before Ami was brainwashed by the special CD, she still had a one track mind of "I'm only good at studying, I will study to be a Doctor like my mom." But then when she went to the arcade with Usagi, she actually had fun, but reinforced herself saying "I'm only good at studying". I guess sometimes it takes a little shaking up to realize how stuck one really is.

Post by takashichea (11,069 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Second episode was just the same as the old series. Not much new stuff besides the revamped transformation of Mercury with new lines.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,732 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Toei needs to ramp up their animation quality.

Episode 2 was lacking in this.

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