Sailor Moon Crystal Review

What better way to start the new year with my first post of 2015 about Sailor Moon Crystal! Beware, there are some spoilers mentioned here and there, read at your own risk.

How I Was First Introduced to Sailor Moon

As a  little girl I was first introduced to Sailor Moon through TV. I loved the classic Sailor Moon as a little girl, and twenty years later, I am still a huge fan of Sailor Moon, so of course, when I heard about Sailor Moon Crystal I was rejoicing and anticipating the return of my favorite superheroine, Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon Classic vs. Sailor Moon Crystal

There are HUGE differences in Sailor Moon Crystal, the first being the drawing and the style of animation. The characters are more similar to the manga than the classic and I find that this just adds more elegance. Sure, it doesn’t really make them look their age like the classic version did, but who cares? They look more feminine with a dash of color on their lips. I was always a fan of Sailor Moon’s voice actor, and was relieved that the same voice actress would continue her role as Usagi. However, she manages to change her voice slightly and has a more gentle, feminine touch that wasn’t always there in the classic version. Not until Sailor Stars, in my opinion of course.

Fast-Paced

Since the new anime takes after the manga more, there were a couple of times that I was surprised with how quickly the anime was moving. There were also more than a few times that I was left in shock over what happened. This led me to read the manga one chapter ahead so I wasn’t surprised and knew what to expect.

Transformations

I am a big fan of their new transformations, particularly Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars. I find it more elegant and appropriate to their personalities. Another thing I really like about SMC is that Mamoru isn’t as big as an asshole as he was in the Classic. The personality that he has in Crystal is how I always pictured him, supporting and more genuine. I also prefer his voice actor more than the Classic version.

Usagi and Mamoru’s Relationship

The other thing I really like about Sailor Moon Crystal is I find the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru to be more pure and even more genuine. When I watched the classic, I find it hard to feel real love between the two, probably because Mamoru always seemed more cold and distant, but the Mamo-chan in Crystal isn’t as distant or as cold. He’s more open and genuine.

Much Darker than Classic

All in all, I guess you could say I really adore the new Mamo-chan and Sailor Moon Crystal. The other thing that I noticed is that the enemies Queen Beryl and Queen Metalia are a lot darker and made of the stuff of nightmares. When I saw the new version of the two of them I got a little creeped out. When I was a kid, I didn’t pay much attention to how scary they were (because they weren’t). Even now, when I look back, the drawings look like smiling demons, not scary. However, look at SMC and there’s a difference. It feels colder, more powerful and way darker. Not to mention, in the original Sailor Moon, they had themes of death, but not of suicide and definitely not of Sailor Moon attempting to kill her lover. I was in so much shock over this because I didn’t read the manga in advance for this part and I nearly died in agony waiting for the next episode to come out.

If you haven’t watched it, I definitely recommend it for many different reasons! In my opinion, it is by FAR the best version out there!

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