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.
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?