The internet exploded back in 2013 when at the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, the creators announced they were going to reboot the series and update it with Sailor Moon Crystal making fans worldwide extremely happy.
I love this anime because it carries both lighter and darker elements, whereas the 90s anime the original Japanese subtitled version both were very twisted and the English Dub took too many liberties such as changing genders from male to female, made certain moments too cheesy, and sometimes even completely removed episodes.
Sailor Moon Crystal is excellent aside from a few animation flubs:
Slendermoon is here for your soul—the show did a lot better than the 90s anime. It follows the manga almost page for page. They do include some things that weren’t in the manga—including the love between the Guardians and the Knights—that mesh up well with the style. The creators did a magnificent job with getting the English Dubs out within a few months of the end of the Japanese season.
At the end of season 2, many fans believed it was the end of Sailor Moon Crystal since the animation flubs were so bad there was a Tumblr dedicated to Sailor Moon Crystal Fails. However, it turned out the rumors of Sailor Moon Crystal never returning were false! It returned this year with weekly episodes along with better animation and introducing the Infinity Arc along with the Outer Planet Guardians. Including one that we thought was dead since she had died to save the planet.
In Act 32, AKA Season 3 Episode 7, Chibi-Moon finally sees Sailor Pluto! Their reunion is so adorable, I mean look at this! You can tell the two of them missed each other.
When the Outers Pledged their allegiance to Sailor Moon in Crystal it was so much better than when they had in the original 90s anime. In the 90s anime, Sailors Neptune and Uranus had attacked Sailor Moon to make her fight them to prove that she was strong enough to lead them. In Crystal, three of the Outers (Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus) accepted her because she was their princess. They respect the fact she wants to solve things without violence and swear to protect her. They also apologize for not pledging to her because they solitary soldiers.
We also learn a little more about the main bad guy who is involved within this terrible enemy this season. We find out that Professor Tomoe used to be in academics until he was in a house fire that killed his wife and almost killed his daughter. Then he just sort of became reclusive.
Now Sailor Chibi-Moon is getting into the more difficult training to become a Sailor Scout. Having to do the hard missions, like spying on her friends to make sure they aren’t an enemy.
We also learn more about Hotaru Tomoe this time as well. Like why she wears long sleeves and tights all the time. It’s to hide the scars and the fact that she is technically a cyborg. Her body is rejecting those parts, and it’s why she is so sick all the time as well. Not to mention Sailor Saturn has been trying to awaken inside of her, but without the other three Outers, she is stuck as Hotaru.
The Monster of the Week is Cyprine, the last of the Witches Five. She’s very powerful in the fact that she can split into two different people named Ptilol and Cyprine. She can control the weather and has strong magical attacks. Her controlling of the weather also makes the people of the town of Tokyo go nuts and start attacking/killing each other. She then uses that power to make all of the scouts—except for Sailor Moon—attack each other!
That’s when Sailor Moon has the brilliant idea to make everyone’s hearts beat as one and becomes Super Sailor Moon using the Holy Grail. This differed from the 90s anime when Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto combined their powers to make the Holy Grail. This follows the manga where Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, and Sailor Chibi-Moon combine their powers and pray for everyone to give their strength to them.
This season is shaping up to be strong and lead right into the Dream Arc! Until next time, enjoy Pluto’s Amazing Attack.