Certainly, you’ve heard. Two of anime’s biggest, largest and most enormous titles are returning to the scene in significant fashion this year. We’ll be seeing plenty more of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL and DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS at Anime Expo, so now - - with the countdown rolling onward to that convention - - VIZ and FUNimation have respectively released some revealing new trailers for each.
SNAP JUDGMENTS - -
Most of the criticisms from those who’ve seen BATTLE OF GODS already (summoning the movie after * AHEM * gathering the Dragon Balls) look to be holding true in even these choice snippets. The CG animation segments honestly look like clips from a BUDOKAI game, and the shiny cleanness of the 2D segments don’t really fit the rougher, homier feel of the series. Bills seem to be played straighter in the dub for some reason, too. Could be misleading for some viewers who've been patiently waiting for this flick to come stateside. Though, at the least, it's going to hit plenty of nostalgic buttons by including seemingly every single character in the franchise.
The 2014 re-polish seems to fit SAILOR MOON better. Though, considering the timing - - and after reading the impressively-thorough franchise history on the Mary Sue - - I again have to wonder if this will wind up being a re-constructionist response to MADOKA MAGICA. Many elements may have been updated, but the trailer’s still harping on the now-mythological set-up of Luna's sales pitch to Usagi/Serena. Perhaps this will set the record about there being nothing sinister to a mysterious cat recruiting some random, ordinary teenage girl to battle evil witches.
Those are just my impressions, obviously - - but I’d much rather hear yours. How do these clips work for your lunatics? Which ranks better? Are these worthwhile continuations for two beloved franchises? Or are they sharp-jumpers for the franchises? Should they have left well enough alone? Let us know in the talkback.