As the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal drew to a close, I found myself wondering whether or not it had been worth the remake. The updated art was certainly more vibrant and animators were no longer faced with budget shortages when it came to applying deeper colors. The use of CGI made it cheaper to create scenery and the system was more forgiving of mistakes.
Yet fundamentally the new iteration of the franchise has changed very little. The standard plot points are mostly the same. There are fewer episodes to account for the faster pace of the plot (now more closely based on the source material). This is also marginally less visual repetition than in the original series.
Yet did this new series really bring anything meaningful to the table? Despite being marginally disappointed with the series myself, I would argue it did.
My argument for this new series is actually based largely on the prevalence of other remakes. Few would argue that a new airing of a show is unjustified provided enough time has passed. A perfect example of this is the Batman franchise, which has more series and films than one can count.
While the plots of Batman stories are usually similar, the same could be said of Sailor Moon and its media. The existence of one show does not detract from the others in the eyes of the viewer. They are often their own separate universes.
This thought first occurred to me at the beginning of season one, when most viewers thought that the series reboot was disappointing at best. The heavy use of CGI sequences and artwork as opposed to the “hand-drawn” aesthetic imparted by the original series felt foreign to fans.
Surprisingly enough, the show itself created something for fans that may be more valuable than a new series in the form of greater access to merchandise. When Sailor Moon first caught on, the internet was still new. Purchasing things from overseas was difficult for most fans. Local merchandising was still going through its own weird phase.
Today fans have been given a unique opportunity. The massive hype behind the first airing of Sailor Moon Crystal led to a great increase in the variety of items available for purchase. Companies such as Bandai began licensing the production of everything from props and action figures to character shaped candies.
These items weren’t just on the foreign end either. American manufacturers (particularly Hot Topic) also sought to take advantage of the sales wave and began producing their own licensed goods. It sounds like a big money making venture, but can companies be faulted for giving fans exactly what they want?
The Learning Curve
Aside of sales opportunities and the general idea that it’s okay to remake basically anything, Sailor Moon Crystal also has served as an important lesson to animators and writers both domestic and abroad.
The first two seasons of the show did uncharacteristically bad for the amount of hype generated. It can be attributed to a few different factors, but my opinion is that:
Little time was given to character growth.
Despite being closer to the source material, some major plot points were changed.
The art felt highly generic and the characters looked very similar to one another. Adding to that, the entire show was dominated by CGI sequences.
Musical scores were generally weak and less numerous.
Had the series continued the way it was going, my opinion of it may have been much worse. Yet by the time the third season came around, it was obvious the animating company had realized their mistakes. The characters underwent a huge change. Most of the drawings had reverted to a more “hand-drawn” style rather than the “perfection” offered by CGI.
As a result, each character gained more of a unique look. At the same time, the show returned more to the source material for most of the third season. This was welcomed by the fans who didn’t like the changes made during the first two seasons.
Some areas were still left a tad lacking. The musical scores that accompany the show did not improve tremendously nor did they include very many new tracks. Even so, the third season was received far better than its predecessors.
Sailor Moon Crystal anime Season Four and Beyond
Feedback from fans is likely to continue having a significant impact on the coming seasons. The show has had enough success to warrant finishing the story, but the hiccups it’s experienced still display a slight disconnect between fans’ expectations and the production team’s goals.
To be truly successful with the remainder of the show, I should hope the show airs with better and more diverse musical scores while continuing on a similar path of animation. Following the source material, at least in this iteration’s case, is paramount. Other versions of the story have already aired with significant differences that were not necessarily to their benefit.
I have high hopes for the coming seasons if the third season is anything to go by. Nothing is perfect, but it’s a relief to see things improving.
Viewing Tips for Future Watchers
Sailor Moon Crystal is available on several different mediums, including Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Niconico. Subscriptions are generally required if you wish to watch the show as soon as it’s available, particularly in higher quality without ads.
If you find yourself streaming over WiFi, it may be worth acquiring a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service if you don’t already use one. A VPN will protect your devices while you access unprotected networks as well as let you bypass regional restrictions if you happen to be travelling. Watching your shows without using up data is great, but not if it means having your devices compromised in the process.
For those who haven’t started watching the show or are thinking about watching it, the episodes flow together directly unlike the original anime. Viewing episodes one after another can be beneficial, as you won’t be stuck at any cliffhangers. Binge watching is recommended if you have the time.
For those who have seen some or all of Sailor Moon Crystal, what did you think? Was the remake worth making or watching? How does it stack up against other entries in the franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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If you haven’t read this jewel of a yaoi manga, it’s time you do, since it’s in its final volumes.
Even if you’re familiar with the works of Yoneda Kou (NightS), the first chapter of what apparently was a series of experimental one shots in 2011 (Don’t Stay Gold, Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu) published on HertZ magazine about a very damaged and broken, vulnerable young boy like Yashiro, will suck you into his world of lust and despair, sex addicted horny neko uke delight and misery.
Fairy Tail manga releases schedule for August 2016 and news
Well, so much for that uber-hyped announcement on July 27th, I really thought it was something about the manga or the movie.
But it’s rather the news of an upcoming exposition of Mashima-sensei works in Tokyo Solamachi, to be held from September 17 to 25.
This will be very interesting, as it will feature Mashima-sensei original drawings and a life statue of Lucy and Natsu, all in the framework of the manga’s 10th anniversary, which is on the way to 57 volumes and 35 million copies.
Fairy Tail Volume 55
Due to be released on August 9, precisely next week as of this post.
Not much news lately as we approach the summer season, however, the manga it’s at its peak.
There’s been some ramblings on the manga ending, but I really doubt it for now.
On the new anime and the upcoming movie there’s nothing new yet.
However, there’s news of who will be the cast for the English dubbed version of the latest Blu-ray releases
Important News on July 27
The latest edition of Weekly Shonen Magazine by Kodansha (34) indicated that there will be an important announcement on July 27, the date that the 35th edition comes out, which is also the 10th anniversary of the manga.
Could it be the end of the manga? a new special arc? more news about the movie?
My bet is a special chapter that sets the ending of the manga in 2017, let’s see what happens
As summer approaches, speculation continues on when the new anime season will premiere.
January 2017 seems a likely date to avoid separating from the manga too much.
Meanwhile, we have the trailer of the upcoming OVAs:
The first one, titled “Yousei-tachi no Batsu Game“, will ship with volume 55 that will be available on August 9
As you know, it is the adaptation of the one-shot of the same name.
Then, with volumes 56 and 58 it will ship the OVAs titled “Natsu vs Mavis” and “Yousei-tachi no Christmas“.
The first one is about Mavis being depressed and the Guild will try to motivate her, and the second is about everyone spending Christmas in Lucy’s home.
Volume 55 sales have been doing very good, according to the Oricon report for May, selling 200,000 copies easily.
Fairy Tail manga Spoilers 488- titled “A couple” (the Two of Us)
Gajeel further confesses to Levy before he ‘s swallowed by the Hades, beautiful moments
Gajeel: I always wanted the two of us to be together… Losing our future is the kind of scary thing I never thought would happen…
Gajeel: I give my future to you…
Gajeel: As I have used every minute of mine…
Levy and Lilly cry.
I don’t know, but I don’t think he’s dead.
Meanwhile, back to Eileen (Irene) vs Acnologia!
Finaly a serious fight!
Even Acnologia finds her power interesting.
Back to Brandish and co.
Metsu manipulated Brandish to stab August.
Oh boy, just the best way to trample negotations. Natsu freaks the fuck out and goes over him
Natsu: What have you done!!!????
Old man is pissed
Fairy Tail manga chapter 489 Spoilers – the Universe as One – out on June 13
So the countdown ends, let’s see Irene, Acnologia and August power unleashed!
Synopsis update June 12:
August pulverizes everyone in sight!!
Meanwhile, we get back to Kana and Mavis. Kana uses her ultimate power, Fairy Glitter, to finally destroy and release Mavis original body.
Kana: Are you alright!? First!
Mavis: My muscles are shriveling. I cannot move my body well.
Then, the fight between Acnologia and Irene finally begins!
Irene’s power is adding magic in the form of substance to all objects, that’s why Zeref could perceive the change of atmosphere.
It is also insinuated that Irene could actually be stronger than old man August.
Even Acnologia is a bit amused.
Acnologia: “What’s this… I don’t know this magic”
Irene “Yes, it’s a magic that did not exist in 400 years ago or before, it’s a magic of a New Era”
Zeref feels it, he says: “Could she be using THAT spell? World Reconstruction Magic, the UNIVERSE AS ONE??”
Yeah, she’s pulling a Nagato(Pain) from Naruto
Again his face is priceless
Fairy Tail chapter 490 Spoilers – out on June 20 – titled Fairy Tail Zero
This chapter could be about the aftermath and the beginning of all things.
Update June 19:
What Eileen wants to pull is basically a Madara, so she can take over the world
But then why would she give the advantage to Zeref to get closer to the Fairy Heart?
She used World Relocation magic on Fiore and shrunk it to 1/20 of its size.
That’s why Mavis wakes up, fully clothed, in her original body
She finds Zeref in the tavern
Zeref is also confused with the situation
Lucy wakes up in the woods, but notices the strange change of setting, she’s being carried by Natsu (a cute Nalu moment)
It’s Grey and Juvia looking for Erza, Wendy is alive and looking for the others
It could have been that Eileen altered the magic particles of object so they did a time travel per se
GAJEEL is alive and he meets Zera in the midst of the Chaos!
No spoiler pic yet, only that Eileen is on the cover.
Fairy Tail chapter 491 Spoilers – out on June 27 – seemingly titled Mother and Child
Could be something about Eileen and Erza? something related to that crazy spoiler I got a long ago?
(Update June 26): there’s not much this week, but it’s definitely telling that when Eileen (Irene) oversees the entire kingdom with one of her eyes, she notices a streak of scarlet hair (Erza lying on the ground??)
Gajeel talks to Zera, who has been revived
If Mavis remembers her again, she’ll disappear
Zera tells everyone telepathically that they need to gather together to protect the guild, and that Mavis in a sense is like their mother.
So yes, apparently Mavis has amnesia.
On another scene, Juliet and Heine want to kill Mirajane.
Fairy Tail chapter 492 Spoilers – out on July 4 – seemingly titled Elder and Younger Sister