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Old 03-21-14, 02:09 PM
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

I did not know about this before seeing some posts explode on twitter and Facebook.

I still hate that the US Never got a sub/dub release of Sailor Stars. I have The original and R box sets, then the individual disc releases for S and SS. I wish S and SS had a nice boxset like original and R.


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

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2014's New Sailor Moon Crystal Anime's 1st Image,
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal to stream worldwide on Niconico this July

Toei Animation uploaded an unlinked image to its official website for the upcoming Sailor Moon anime, and the image reveals the first key image, the title, and the synopsis for the new series. The image notes that Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal will premiere in July and will stream simultaneously worldwide on the Niconico website.



The image also lists the previously revealed main staff, and reveals a synopsis:

Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold.

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess!?

The official website launched a countdown page earlier on Thursday with the words "eight days left... coming soon" with a waxing moon. The countdown does not begin until Friday.

The new Sailor Moon anime will begin streaming worldwide on the Niconico service in July. Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa (Precure franchise) said that it "is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting the original manga and starting from scratch again."

Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure) is directing this new adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi's original manga at Toei Animation, the studio behind the first anime. Yūji Kobayashi (scripts on Saint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!) is in charge of the series scripts, and Momoiro Clover Z is performing the theme song.

Yukie Sako (chief animation director on Majestic Prince, Nyan Koi!) is designing the characters, and Yasuharu Takanashi (Naruto Shippūden, Fairy Tail, Precure franchise) is composing. The art directors will be Takashi Kurahashi (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds, Hakaba Kitarō) and Yumi Hosaka (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds). King Records is producing the soundtrack.

Takeuchi launched the original magical girl team manga series in the shōjo monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi in 1992. It soon spawned anime, a live-action television project, musicals, and other adaptations, and it also sparked a worldwide boom. The 20th anniversary project began in 2012, and featured the first musical in eight years at the AiiA Theater Tokyo last September. Kodansha has been republishing the original manga in a complete edition since last November, and Kodansha USA Publishing's Kodansha Comics imprint has been publishing the manga in North America.
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Old 04-28-14, 12:44 AM
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Re: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

They've finally released the voice acting cast and the character designs for the new series:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news...n-crystal-cast

One thing I REALLY like is they avoided the moe-like character designs common in anime nowadays--note it is much more faithful to the original Naoko Takeuchi manga character designs. I can't wait for the TV series premiere in July 2014.
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Old 04-28-14, 06:20 AM
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I'll be checking this out. I watched the original series when it came to the US and thought it was pretty good.
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Old 04-28-14, 09:58 AM
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Re: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

I've been aware of this reboot for a couple of years now, when it was first announced they made it seem like it was right around the corner.

I have fond memories of watching the US dub version on the USA network years ago, so I'm not sure how well this will maintain my interest, but I want to give it a chance.
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The first episode was a good remake of the original first episode, I think they made Sailor Moon look like she should be in college and not 14years old.

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Old 07-05-14, 08:42 AM
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The first episode was a good remake of the original first episode, I think they made Sailor Moon look like she should be in college and not 14years old.
Be glad they didn't make her all moe-looking. I'll probably check this out later today or tomorrow.
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Old 07-05-14, 11:06 AM
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I used to watch the show all the time but can't say I'm looking forward to this at all. It was pretty silly from what I recall and I doubt it holds up well today. If the reboot is more of the same (albeit with a fresh coat of paint), I think it'd be best left as nostalgia.

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Be glad they didn't make her all moe-looking. I'll probably check this out later today or tomorrow.
I haven't paid much attention to modern Japanese cartoons. What's this "Moe" look you refer to (I'm assuming you mean from the Three Stooges)?
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Old 07-05-14, 02:56 PM
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I used to watch the show all the time but can't say I'm looking forward to this at all. It was pretty silly from what I recall and I doubt it holds up well today. If the reboot is more of the same (albeit with a fresh coat of paint), I think it'd be best left as nostalgia.
The new series is suppose to follow the manga more closely than the original did. I never read the manga, although I've been meaning to pick it up, but from what I hear, it has a more mature tone than the anime.

I haven't paid much attention to modern Japanese cartoons. What's this "Moe" look you refer to (I'm assuming you mean from the Three Stooges)?
I think you would know it if you saw it. I think it's only done with female characters, but its where the character looks almost child-like and real "cutesy". Someone else on here could probably describe it better than that.
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I haven't paid much attention to modern Japanese cartoons. What's this "Moe" look you refer to (I'm assuming you mean from the Three Stooges)?
This is a pretty good explanation:

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Ask John: What Are the Defining Mo Anime?

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What would you say are some essential moe shows? What shows would you recommend for someone whos curious about what moe anime is like?


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Although the term mo arose in Japanese fandom in the 1990s, it immigrated to America in the early 2000s. Conceptually mo originally referred to a passionate but asexual fascination with emerging adolescence. Mo originally referred to a feeling of affection and almost parental protectiveness over characters who were innocent, cute, and just on the verge of maturing of childhood. In other words, the mo character is the anime equivalent of the literary ingnue. Cuteness and emerging maturity rather than age were defining characteristics of mo status, allowing for characters like Steel Angel Kurumi to still be mo even though she wasnt ostensibly a child. Kurumi had the fully-developed body of a young adult woman, but her consciousness and personality were still that of an ingnue, which evoked viewers desire to embrace and protect her from, essentially, the corruption of adulthood.

The anime exploitation of pure, original mo seems to have peaked around 2005. Kage Kara Mamoru! & Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! are shows that dont explicitly have the visual appearance of stereotypical mo anime but are prime examples of the concept of mo. Kage Kara Mamoru! revolved around a teen girl who is completely oblivious to greed, jealousy, desire, lust, and other adult vices. Moreover, she literally has to be secretly watched over and protected by a friend who serves as the vicarious stand-in for the audience. Mamoru-kun likewise depicts an adorably small, rosy-cheeked boy whos doted on and adored by a bigger, more mature girl. Mamoru-kun is the epitome of a male mo character.

Kamichu! revolved around a pouty, kind-hearted innocent who evoked paternal instincts in her friends, the supernatural beings that surrounded her, and the viewing audience. Petopeto-san likewise achieved the same impact but wasnt as widely watched or recognized as Kamichu! The girls of Ichigo Mashimaro are adorable because theyre literally right on the edge of growing out of mo. They exhibit the first signs of adult cynicism yet are still childlike. Fushigi Hoshi no Futago Hime injected mo into shoujo anime, depicting a pair of precocious sisters whose childlike enthusiasm and idealism kept getting them into hair-raising dangers. The UG Ultimate Girls TV series and Koharu Biyori OVA series may be among the first anime to foreshadow the sexualization and fetishization of mo. While these two anime are certainly suggestive, they both have a playful, lighthearted tone of exploitation about them, unlike later anime that made its sexualization far more pointed.

The Binchotan TV series provided mo for an older viewing audience. Binchoutan had no hint of sex, nor did it even include any of the bishoujo characters now central to the mo phenomena. Binchoutan depicted adorably cute Smurf-sized girls who lived simple pastoral lifestyles. Their heartwarming simplicity evoked a strong sense of calm, peacefulness, and serene observation in a word, mo. The adorable yet clumsy animals of Damekko Doubutsu evoked simultaneous affection and pity. Like Hello Kitty with cancer, the useless animals created a wellspring of asexual love and desire to cuddle and coddle.

As the first decade of the 2000s unfolded, mo became increasing popular and recognized, invoking a commercial interest in manufacturing and exploiting mo. As this process occurred, mo evolved from being a non-sexual desire to hug, love, and protect to being a sexually sublimated fascination with cuteness. Mo shifted entirely from a two-way interchange between character and viewer to becoming distinctly a characteristic of particular characters or a focused fetish of viewers. Particularly anime including K-On, Lucky Star, and Moetan deliberately revolved around adorable, whimsical, clumsy, early-adolescent girl characters in order to evoke, enflame, and manipulate the interests and affections of viewers. These characters no longer evoked mo feelings; they were literally mo characters not characters that naturally and unconsciously evoked a paternal reaction from viewers, but rather characters that were the physical manifestation of the defining characteristics of the mo movement. These girl characters were adorably cute, just a bit sexually appealing, and self-conscious but not yet cynical. They demanded notice and adoration from viewers rather than passively earning adoration and protective feelings.

At the same time mo was hitting its peak and beginning to evolve, it branched off into a parallel variety of mo, the pandering to particular niche fetishes. At least as early as 2002, the G-On Riders television series had consciously featured girls who wore glasses, to appeal to the meganekko fans, but the trend became more pronounced beginning in 2005 with anime that focused on satisfying one particular viewer obsession, for example: Kore ga Watashi no Goshujin-sama (mo for French maid outfits), Strike Witches (military mo), Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (yandere mo), Mayoi Neko Overrun (waitress uniform mo), Macademy Washoi & Asobi ni Ikuyo (nekomimi mo), and Upotte! (assault rifle mo).

http://www.animenation.net/blog/2012...ing-moe-anime/
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Yeah, Moe would be bad!
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So basically this crap? Didn't know that was a big thing these days (and I can't see the appeal), though I've been out of touch with mainstream Japanese cartoons since the 90's.
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I can't see fans of Sailor Moon complaining too much about moe, given the fetishist costumes and the yet-to-be-introduced Chibiusa character...
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Maybe it's like comic book fans complaining about Rob Liefeld's illustrating of characters.

Anyway, I tried watching the new Sailor Moon but Usagi's voice is really annoying. Is that how it was in the original anime? As much as the Dic version was criticized, deservedly in most cases, I liked Tracey Moore and Terri Hawkes doing the voice for Serena.
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Re: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

I got a chance to watch this last night. Overall I really liked it. I thought the OP and ED songs were well done. I was a little surprised that in the opening sequence it shows all the inner scouts. Sure, in the original, they kind of showed them slowly as to build up some suspense, I guess, to the other scouts. The animation didn't bother me at all nor the voices. The episode felt familiar but new, if that makes any sense.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming episodes and story arcs that will be animated.
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The first episode was a good remake of the original first episode, I think they made Sailor Moon look like she should be in college and not 14years old.
Maybe it was a legal thing.
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After three episodes I have to say I am really enjoying it. It feels like it's moving a lot faster than the original series. Which makes sense since the original used a lot of filler. But then again it probably isn't fair to really compare the two.

In any case, the wait between episodes is almost too much. But it could be worse like once a month instead of twice.
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This is a clip for the “MOON PRIDE”!! album. The clip shows spoiler scenes for future episodes.
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I'm kind of surprised there isn't much more about the show after the episodes air. Granted, its a kind of niche series as is anime in general compared to other tv/movies.. But I've really enjoyed the series so far. The most recent episode was really well done and I am really liking the way the scouts are coming into their power in the episodes. I'll be picking up the blu-ray release when it comes out.

Has any info been given on how far, compared to the original series, the manga and this show will go? I started to read the manga but never got around to finishing it.
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Has any info been given on how far, compared to the original series, the manga and this show will go? I started to read the manga but never got around to finishing it.
That info has not been given.

Whether it will cover only the Dark Kingdom story, or cover both the Dark Kingdom story and the Black Moon story, remains to be seen.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Anime's 2nd Season to Feature Chibiusa

The "Animate Girls Festival 2014" event confirmed again on Saturday that the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal television anime is continuing into its second season. (Toei Animation had confirmed in April that the anime will last 26 episodes, and the second season will be the second half of those 26 episodes.) The second season will include the story from the original manga's "Black Moon" arc and feature Chibiusa.
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Anyone still watching this?

Episode 15 aired on 2/7 and is the first episode in season 2,I believe.

Episode 14 ended with the scene with Usagi and Mamoru in the park with Chibiusa falling out of the sky and pointing a gun at Usagi.

The new opening for season 2 features the Black Moon characters and does show Sailor Pluto.
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Anyone still watching this?

Episode 15 aired on 2/7 and is the first episode in season 2,I believe.

Episode 14 ended with the scene with Usagi and Mamoru in the park with Chibiusa falling out of the sky and pointing a gun at Usagi.

The new opening for season 2 features the Black Moon characters and does show Sailor Pluto.
I'm interested in watching this, but I keep forgetting about it until there's an episode review on IGN. Maybe I'll get around to it this weekend.
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I've been considering whether to start my 5 year old on this version or on the older version (dubbed). Any thoughts? We watched the first episode of this version when it first came out, but I haven't gotten back around to it.
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I started watching this off Hulu last week and so far, I'm enjoying it.
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Sailor Moon Crystal Gets 3rd Season

The final episode of the second Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime season aired on Monday, and the anime's website announced that production on a third season for the Death Busters arc has been green-lit. The new season will assemble all 10 Senshi — specifically, the popular outer Senshi such as Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Saturn will join Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon, and the others. The new season will adapt the arc from the fifth and sixth volumes of the complete edition of Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga.
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