Sailor Moon was a pivitol part of my childhood, even if I didn’t understand everything that was going on. When Crystal was announced I was soooo excited, and I’m happy to say that it hasn’t disappointed me.
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…?! – Hummigbird.com
What I Liked About It
Let me start off by saying that Sailor Moon Crystal Is Not the greatest anime ever. The original wasn’t great either. Nostalgia plays a big role in liking this show for me, as does the fact that I’m a sucker for cheesy romance.
The animation is beautiful. The original doesn’t hold up overly well now – a – days, so the revamp was totally needed. I feel like Crystal’s style fits the magical girl theme much better anyway.
I really appreciated the change in Tuxedo Mask’s and Sailor Moon’s relationship as well. In the original he’s super rude to her at first before finally falling for her. A big issue people had was that he was a college student while Usagi is still in middle school. Both of these things were changed for Crystal, he’s much nicer from the get – go and he’s still in high school.
The reasonably simple story is something I love about the show. Crystal condenses the original story by a lot while keeping true to the point; I appreciate not having to watch 100+ episodes.
What I Disliked (Spoilers)
The whole thing is super dramatic. It’s the equivalent to a soap opera. Now, this isn’t really a surprise if you watched the original because you’ll be expecting it.
Due to its condensed nature, character development is hard to come by with Crystal. We are shown the basic personalities of all the scouts, but we aren’t shown anything deeper. This becomes a problem when it comes to Usagi and Mamoru. They fall in love very fast. Yes, they are reincarnated lovers, I get that. But they fall for each other before unlocking their memories from that past life.
I think the biggest thing that bothers me is that they changed the theme song. I know that sounds dumb, but that song is part of what made the show great back when I was a kid. I still find myself humming it every know and again despite not having heard it in years. The new song is ok, but it’s just not the same.
Final Episode (Spoilers)
Sailor Moon and the scouts are able to finally defeat Queen Metalia with the added strength and prayers from Tuxedo Mask and Luna. But upon her defeat, Sailor Moon’s brooch is destroyed, transforming her back into Usagi. She faints only to be revived by a kiss from Tuxedo. After checking on the other scouts, Tuxedo and Usagi are summoned by Luna to the Moon where they communicate with the late Queen Serenity. She tells Usagi that the Moon Kingdom is now hers to command. Usagi states that she wants to remain on Earth with Tuxedo and live out her life as a normal girl. Upon hearing this, Queen Serenity gives her a new transformation brooch, allowing Usagi to once again become Sailor Moon.
Life resumes as normal and we are greeted with a scene of Usagi and Mamoru in a park being cute. As they kiss, a small, pink haired girl falls from the sky and lands on Usagi. The girl claims that she is Usagi, and upon hearing the elder Usagi protest, draws a gun. Now holding the older Usagi at gun point, the child demands to be given the Legendary Silver Crystal.
I will continue to watch Sailor Moon Crystal mainly because I’m curious to see what they plan on showing. There are many different arcs they could cover, along with some controversial topics that were an issue in the original Sailor Moon I really want to see how they end up handling it.
If you’re into drama and magical girl anime, give this a watch. If not I wouldn’t recommend it. Sailor Moon Crystal isn’t for everyone, but if like me you’ve been drawn in by the nostalgia, then we can ride this bumpy road together.
Thank you so for reading! If you’re interested, I have a Hummingbird account that I keep updated whenever I watch anime. You can usually tell what show I’m going to review next if you keep an eye on it!
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