Sailor Moon Crystal Observations

As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!

Today, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in Japan and on many other streaming sites, with English subtitles, including Neon Alley, Hulu, Crunchyroll and NicoNico.

Sailor Moon Crystal Summary from HuluPlus

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Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

I watched the first episode three times already, once this morning and twice this afternoon. Overall, I believe it is a wonderful start to a great series and I cannot wait to see the next episode in two weeks! However, there are a few observations that I want to mention here as a long time fan of the original anime series.

Observation 1: The art in Sailor Moon Crystal is very beautiful, like a painting that would hang in a gallery somewhere and not something that I would be watching on my 56″ HD TV or my tablet. Below are just a few examples from this first episode of the beautiful art created for this series:

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Observation 2: Some of the characters, especially secondary characters, have slight differences in Sailor Moon Crystal compared to the original anime. For instance, Shingo, has the same attitude as in the original Sailor Moon anime, but in Sailor Moon Crystal he has blond hair, like his sister Usagi, while it was light brown in the original anime as seen below.

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Shingo as seen in the original anime

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Shingo from Sailor Moon Crystal

Observation 3: Background music and effects are toned down in Sailor Moon Crystal.

The background music in this episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is much more subtle than it ever was in the original anime. In the original anime, the background music was used as cues to the characters and what was going on in the story. In Sailor Moon Crystal, it is part of the beautiful background and is not really noticeable, except during the transformation sequence.

Observation 4: Opening Music

Although I loved both the original Japanese version along with the North American version of the original’s Opening Theme, I really love the new opening music by “Momoiro Clover Z”. I cannot wait to add this theme to my music collection!

Observation 5: The eye catches for the commercial breaks are just gorgeous when compared to the original anime! I plan on making this my new tablet background!

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Observation 6 (and the one that bothered me the most for some reason): In Sailor Moon Crystal, Usagi’s room seems very empty when compared to the original anime. There seems to be some accents in her room and a few things on her desk, but not much stuff. In the original anime, her room contained lots of stuff including a Chicken Clock, a bookshelf full of Manga and other nic knacks scattered across the room.

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Usagi’s Room as seen in Sailor Moon Crystal

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Usagi’s Room as seen in the original Sailor Moon Anime.

So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!

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I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising firm.

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