Sailor Moon Crystal has finally arrived, after 22 years since the original series broadcast. But how similar is it to the original show, after all?
After a long and excruciating wait, Sailor Moon Crystal is finally available for streaming for all the Moonies starved for another tantalizing taste of shoujo action. But with its debut there comes a lot of discussion. From its opening song to its polarizing computer-generated animation (at least when it comes to Usagi’s transformation sequence), you can safely assume this isn’t your mother’s Sailor Moon.
It’s a wholly different beast, and while many aspects remain the same, there are plenty of examples where the series diverges from the original show to either stay true to the manga or forge a new path entirely. We’ll cover five of them here, but be forewarned – there will be spoilers for those who are viewing this iteration of Sailor Moon as their first!
1. It’s much clearer at the beginning of the series that Usagi may have a past with Mamoru and with the moon in general.
From the beginning dream sequence during which Usagi sees herself on the Moon, running around with a shadowy figure we haven’t yet seen yet (Mamoru), it’s clear from the start that she and this mysterious masked man may have a past together. Then we see the ending theme, and it all but confirms their involvement, romantic or at the very least platonic. Usagi is also head-over-heels for Mamoru simply after meeting him as well as Tuxedo Mask.
2. Things are moving relatively quickly, perhaps in accordance with the manga series.
We’ve already seen a teaser for the next episode, in which it appears that Ami, Sailor Mercury, will be joining the team. Given the fact that this is a 26-episode series, the need for filler and useless side plots no longer exists, and the series can move along at a brisk pace like the manga did. At this rate we could see all the senshi added in by the fifth episode. How will they approach Sailor V’s appearance? That should be entertaining.
3. “Moon Tiara Magic/Action” has been altered to become “Moon Tiara Boomerang.”
Sailor Moon still utilizes the tiara that’s part of her outfit as a weapon, but it now becomes a small boomerang when it comes off of her forehead. It makes a lot more sense that this would be able to damage enemies, given the fact that it’s now a disc instead of glowing light, but it’s interesting that it doesn’t really follow the manga series or the old anime in this respect. Will Sailor Moon’s odango covers continue to vibrate when it comes to high-frequency crying as well?
4. Sailor V is already making more appearances than ever.
While it was strongly hinted that Sailor V would play a larger role in the new series than she did originally, we’re getting an even better sense that she’s just as important as Usagi in Sailor Moon Crystal. And whether it’s the video game Usagi plays at the Crown Arcade, the many references dropped to her throughout the episode, or the flyer above by the arcade game, it’s clear the series is trying to hype us up for the larger role Sailor Venus plays in the manga and her own manga run.
5. Everything is in pastel.
If you’re used to the darker-haired Haruna-sensei or other characters, you’ll have to get used to something entirely different with Sailor Moon Crystal. Drink in the gorgeous pastels, which place the series much more in line with the manga illustrations and shoujo as a whole. It really lends a much girlier, milder feel to the show, and it was an excellent decision, especially given the colorful senshi’s outfits and representative palettes.
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