Series Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 1

July 10, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Features, Reflections, Series Recaps

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Sailor Moon pretty much defines my childhood. I loved the pretty sailor scouts and their mission to fight evil. With their courage, determination and strength, they were some amazing idols back in the day as they focused on the importance of love, family and friendship.

That’s why I couldn’t contain my excitement when Sailor Moon Crystal was announced, as a more true to manga retelling of the first Season. I haven’t rewatched Sailor Moon for many years, and reliving it in a more adult (and Japanese!) version would be perfect.

Based on the first episode, that the story is quite similar to the original, which was expected seeing as it was a rehash. The new scenes were definitely welcomed, such as Usagi being kicked out of the house when she got bad grades and her memories of the Moon Kingdom from the very beginning.

The animation is absolutely gorgeous, as it is more similar to the manga illustrations, making it more suitable for an older audience. Usagi’s reactions aren’t as over exaggerated as they were in the original anime, which adds a certain elegance to it. Usagi’s original voice from the Japanese version of the show returns, which brings the nostalgia back even more.

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Seeing Mamoru (or Tuxedo Mask) made my heart race again, he looks even more handsome in this rehashed version! I also wondered what he was doing hovering around the scene when he didn’t even do anything lol. It also brought back why Sailor Venus was my favourite character, as Sailor V was an idol that Usagi looked up to for justice and strength. I’m also excited that Ami is already being introduced in the next episode, as the original drags it out.

Overall, I really loved the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal and it’s going to be excruciating waiting 2 weeks for each episode to come out. With only 26 episodes instead of the original 40, it seems like we’ll have to savour what we see of it!

Are you a Sailor Moon fan? What did you think of Sailor Moon Crystal?

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48 responses to “Series Recaps: Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 1

  1. I was exactly the same, I watched whatever my brothers watched and whatever they put on TV as well. Ohh, that brings back memories! I really liked DBZ and Evangelion back in the day lol.

  2. When I was a preteen and teen I would watch whatever anime I could get my hands or tv on since the market wasn't huge here in the us yet. So of course I watched Sailor Moon. But I am not an avid fan. I liked things like BubblegumCrisis and Akira, and all the other early ones that hit the US. I did see the new Sailor moon trailer and transformation as compared to the original looks like they are keeping really close to the original.
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  3. Yay! So excited that you are recapping this 😀 I used to be obsessed with Tuxedo Mask… errrr… Sailor Moon :3 when I was younger. I agree about the waits… sigh. I almost want to just wait until they all are out and I can just marathon them but this might drag it out longer. Didn't the original anime have multiple seasons like Sailor Moon Super and stuff? Definitely a much longer anime :/ Ah, well. I like the first episode well enough but yeah, Tuxedo Mask didn't do much xD This kind of made me want to go back and watch the originals all over again.
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    • Oh my gosh, I just loved them! I always think it'd be better to marathon them but then I can't help myself lol. It's always exciting to participate in ongoing discussion while the series is still fresh though. Yeah, the reboot has only been brought back for the 1 season, I think they are seeing how it will be received before they decide on continuing it or not. So did I Alise! Yay for Sailor Moon fans <3

  4. Nostalgia. I was a die hard Sailor Moon fan when I was kid. I was Sailor Jupiter! Haha! I totally agree with the animation being so beautiful. The transformation sequence was so stunning. I also forgot how "annoyingly" powerful Usagi's voice can be. I love how Tuxedo Mask just loitered around being oh-so-mysterious and attractive! I simply cannot wait for the next episode! EEEEP!
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    • Oh my gosh, so was I Sarah! I love Sailor Venus, she's so kind and beautiful hehe. Yes Usagi's voice is a loud one lol! Tuxedo Mask literally did nothing all episode lol

  5. I just finished the first episode, and I got goosebumps during the intro and her transformation sequence. I do kind of miss her super exaggerated expressions, but I agree that the new art style adds elegance to it. The transformation sequence kind of threw me off, because the style gets more CGI/3D compared to the art style for the rest of the episode. I did like it, but I just found it different and a little surprising.

    BUT YES, MAMORU/TUXEDO MASK. THAT MAN. <3
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    • YESSS I got goosebumps during the transformation as well! There is an elegance to it isn't there, and Usagi's original voice somehow adds so much of the original character to her. MAMORU OMG

    • I bet you totally wouldn't regret it either! The animation was completely beautiful, yeah the transformation I guess I kind of skipped past it lol. It's going to be hard waiting every 2 weeks for more!

  6. Oh yes, I think you will enjoy the new version Pili, it's the perfect time to get into it I think! It definitely appears to the "older" crowd rather than me when I was a kid you know?

  7. Desnica K

    WHAT?! Nobody told me about this! I love Sailor Moon! I used to love it as a kid but a couple of years ago I was quite sick and decided that I was going to watch a few episodes….I ended up binge watching the first three english dubbed seasons. It was so much fun…I definitely have to watch Sailor Moon Crystal! Thanks for bringing it to my attention 🙂

  8. I didn't watch much Sailor Moon when it originally aired cause I didn't watch that much television and the timing conflicted with other show I loved more… but I've always been quite intrigued and I think I'm gonna try watching this new version! Glad to hear for those who love the original manga this is even more faithful to it!
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    • Lol that's hilarious Braine! I watched it when I was in primary school so it was a massive influence on me. When I turned 14, I was waiting to be turned to a sailor scout lol! I think I played a rayearth game but never watched it.

  9. WHO DOESN'T LOVE TUXEDO MASK? I MEAN, SAILOR MOON?!

    This brings back a lot of memories, oh my. Where are you watching this? I need to see this too lol!

    I remember forcing my mom to shorten my uniform and make it look like Sailor Moon's uniform haha! I even thought of cutting my bangs and putting stickers on my forehead because I was pretty much a hardcore fan back then hahaha! I definitely have to see this soon! Thanks Jeann for sharing this 😀
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    • I love tuxedo mask and sailor moon too, they are such a great couple. I watched it on crunchyroll, but I'm not sure if that's available in pH. Try googling it 🙂

      Haha oh that's so cute, they had the best uniforms!

  10. OH MY GOD. I have seen this! I HAVE SEEN THIS *shakes you* 😀 I only know like 3 Japanese cartoons: Digimon, Pokemon and this one 😀 HA! So glad you're reexperiencing this 😀 Heh, I don't remember anything of this, but you really make me want to rewatch it 😀 Yay that you enjoyed 🙂
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  11. SAILOR MOON! I really did like the first episode, and I have no idea how I'm going to deal with it being released every two weeks (wait really are you sure? Oh well). The only thing I didn't like about it is the transformation sequence. It was way too 3Dish and also had awkward body postures. But I mean I don't want to be a poop and have that ruin the anime for me. I'm definitely going to continue to watch it!

    And yes the new animation is gorgeous.
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  12. i was crazy about this anime too. I re-watched the whole 5 seasons probably ten or more times, the last time being 2-3 years ago and I'm 26 years old xD. My favorite sailor warrior was of course Sailor Moon. She could be a true brat at times, but to me it was endearing most of the time. My favorite season is probably the last one. I'll definitely check this out, didn't even know it was out.

    Thanks for the heads-up Jeann 🙂
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    • Oh wow, I haven't rewatched it that much but I love it so much, it's my childhood lol. So we are the same age purple! I don't even think I've seen the last season, it's been so long. Check it out!

  13. I was a Sailor Moon fan, more of the anime though! Those pretty sailor outfits really did me in when I was younger. It's also actually ironic that I actually bacame a sailor in a way since I worked on a cruise ship. Our uniform isn't as pretty though lol

    I had no idea that Sailor Moon Crystal is a retelling of the first season and that it's more true to the manga! Plus, I like the fact that Usagi's actions and reaction's isn't as exxagerated as the first Sailor Moon. And Tuxedo Mask! I was so in love with hin when i was a kid. Eek!

    I would definitely have to watch this now, and I like that there are fewer episodes! Awesome recap Jeann 🙂
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  14. Oh god now I want to go and watch Sailor Moon!! I have it on my laptop in English and subtitled Japanese but I can never find the time to watch it. I might have to see if I can find somewhere to watch this remake. Like Lola I also loved Cardcaptor Sakura. A little while ago I re-watched the English version of it, but I wanted it so bad not to end I didn't finish watching it! Talk about being crazy.
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  15. I loved Sailor Moon as a child and as we didn't got that many anime's translated in dutch we where happy with the few that where. My sister and I spend quite some mornings watching Card Captor Sakura and Sailor Moon. I loved this series, although I think we never got to see the whole series as the series often would restart as the translation wasn't further yet. Sailor Moon/ Usagi was always my favourite character, although Salor Venus was a close second. I might consider watching this remake, it sounds so far like they did a good job! Great review Jeann!
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    • Oh so did I Lola, I absolutely loved Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura (& DBZ!). A shame you didn't get to see the whole series, I think I saw up to Season 4 but it kind of stopped after that too. Sailor Venus was always my favourite, I think you should watch the remake though 🙂 Thank you!