Anime Discovery – TIME OF THE SEASON Summer 2014 Edition: Sailor Moon CRYSTAL

Fighting evil by moonlight and winning love by daylight.

Those are the lyrics I remembered…..vaguely about the classic series and damn, that was a long time since I’ve seen the original series (Well, I’m still watching it now via Hulu/Neon Alley) but yeah, it’s been long.

 

Anyway……

The event many fans have waited on has finally arrived to watch everywhere. Will this live up to the old series as well?

Well, you about to find out from me, Saillor MAK2.0…..or Tuxedo MAK2.0!! Either one. Tune in or I’ll punish you!!

Director: Munehisa Sakai

Series Composition: Yūji Kobayashi

 

Music: Yasuharu Takanashi

Original creator: Naoko Takeuchi

Character Design: Yukie Sako

Animation Production: Toei Animation

Broadcaster: Neon Alley

 

Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll
Hulu

 

Licensed by: Viz Media

 

Plot Summary: Usagi Tsukino was a normal second-year middle school girl whose own life changes one day when she encounters a black cat. The cat’s name is Luna who can talk and bears a cresent moon on her forehead. Luna tells Usagi that she is the chosen guardian of justice with the power to transform into Sailor Moon. Usagi now has a new responsiblity which is a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal as well as the other chosen guardians to protect the Moon Princess. During her mission, she must deal with various enemies sent by Queen Beryl who is also after the Illusionary Silver Crystal.


First Thoughts: As you already know, this is pretty much the most anticipated anime event of the year. People have been waiting for this to air since 2012 and there has been constant delays with the show and I haven’t even thought about it up until recently this year when Viz Media licenses both Crystal and rescued the classic series as well and that brought a lot of attention to many people, not even just anime fans. But anyway, what did I think of the first episode? I quite like it. It was very good and it does the show justice with it having a slight beat-by-beat feel to the original series with some slight changes (I think taking some cues from the manga, as I heard most people said) and it did help that I did watch the original series in preparation for Crystal. I still like the characters here and they still got the same characterization from the old series. The animation from Toei is used gorgeously and looking very impressive but if I got one negative about it, it’s the transformation sequence with the CG animation. It looks off and it doesn’t quite gel well but it doesn’t turn me away from the show. It is still a lot of fun to watch and I wasn’t much of a fan to begin with. The new theme song of the show is very excellent with it being composed by Revo, the same composer involved with the very famous opening theme from Attack on Titan.


Now I could rate this with a CONTINUE WEEKLY rating but then I forget that the show is airing bi-weekly, as in every other Saturday, so I have to go with BI-WEEKLY for the very obvious reasons. Until then, if you do feel a little Sailor Moon fatigue, you still got the classic episodes to tide you down, which are available on Neon Alley/Hulu, airing 2 episodes every Monday.

 

Until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, reviewing anime in the NAME OF THE MOON!!!

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